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Research Report

Publication Details

Brand, J. (2002) A comparative analysis of ratings, classification and censorship in selected countries around the world. Centre for New Media Research and Education, Bond University.


Challenges face those who seek to control the flow of entertainment media content. These challenges are not unique to a continent, a country or a community. Yet evolving media matched with rapid social and political change make understanding the global challenges of rating and classification very difficult indeed demonstrating that the challenges may not be unique in time, except for the media involved.

The need to document, compare, contrast and debate ratings and classification schemes from around the world seems self-evident. This short report compares and contrasts ratings and classification schemes in selected countries around the world.



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