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Commission approves obligation for public TV and radio to broadcast messages against child sexual abuse – News

06/13/2022 – 14:22

Zeka Ribeiro / Chamber of Deputies

OCCO: “The seriousness of the crime of sexual exploitation needs to be warned”

The Social Security and Family Commission of the Chamber of Deputies has approved a proposal to force educational radio and TV stations and unions, states, federal districts and municipalities to broadcast daily messages to combat sexual exploitation and abuse of children and adolescents.

Measurements have been included in the Brazilian telecommunications code. The proposal predicts that the federal public power’s media affiliates will disseminate, produce, and distribute messages, while stations do not, in the form of regulations. Messages must be at least 15 seconds long and contain:

  • Acts that identify crimes of sexual exploitation of children and adolescents and similar offenses, warnings about the punishment for these offenses, pronounced and written;
  • Telephone numbers for reports of sexual abuse or abuse of minors and adolescents;
  • Educational content information on the subject.

The approved text is Options From the Commission on Science and Technology, Communications and Information Technology to Bill 1022/19, former Deputy Flordaleis (RJ). Deputy Ocecio Silva, a reporter for the Social Security Commission, (Republican-PE), recommended the approval of the proposal in the form of an alternative adopted by the Science and Technology Commission, which was added together in a single text.

“The idea of ​​alerting society to the seriousness of the crime of sexual exploitation of children and adolescents is very welcome, especially in the context of multiple opportunities to communicate and interact through analog and digital media,” the reporter said.

The main project compels all radio and TV stations and pay-TV service providers to broadcast messages to combat sexual exploitation of children and adolescents before and after the programming, including sexual content.

Orange May
The approved proposal also establishes the “Orange May” campaign, which will be held across the national territory in May each year to combat the abuse and sexual exploitation of children and adolescents under the terms of the regulations.

Campaign activities include lighting public buildings with orange lights; And promotion of lectures, ceremonies and educational activities.

The alternative includes an article in the General Telecommunications Act that, in May, forced private mobile communications service providers to broadcast and share informational messages aimed at combating the abuse and sexual exploitation of children and adolescents in any way. And distributing nude pictures of minors.

Operators must deliver these messages through any contact to communicate with their users. The customer can ask the provider not to accept the message at any time and for free.

Internet
The proposal includes a provision in the Internet’s civil rights framework that public initiatives to promote digital culture and promote the Internet as a social tool will continue to develop and produce education, education and awareness at all levels. And discouraging the abuse and sexual exploitation of children and adolescents.

Finally, the authorized text compels hotels, bars, restaurants, and similar commercial establishments, in public places, to post a warning sign with the following words:

Failure to comply with the measure will result in a warning and a fine of up to 20 minimum wages, doubled in case of recurrence.

Method

Proposals will be analyzed The final character By the Constitution and the Judiciary and Citizenship Commission.

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Reporting – Lara Haje
Edit – Roberto Sibra

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