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The Film and Publication Board (FPB) is a content-classification and regulation authority in South Africa, operating under the Minister of Communications. The FPB was established in 1996[1] under the Films and Publications Act, ostensibly to tackle issues of child pornography and child abuse, as well as to provide ratings to publicly consumed media such as movies, music and television programs. Under these directives, its mandate can be considered one of state censorship.

Ratings

The FPB has the following ratings guideline:

Icon Rating Description
80px A All Ages (This rating is used only for films)
80px PG All Ages allowed, but some parental guidance is recommended for younger or sensitive players.
FPB - 7-9 PG.png 7-9 PG Material may not be suitable for children under 7, but a caregiver or parent may decide if children between 7 and 9 years old may access the material.
FPB - 10-12 PG.png 10-12 PG Material may not be suitable for children under 10, but a caregiver or parent may decide if children between 10 and 12 years old may access the material.
FPB - 13.svg 13 Not suitable for persons under the age of 13.
FPB - 16.svg 16 Not suitable for persons under the age of 16.
FPB - 18.svg 18 Not suitable for persons under the age of 18.
FPB - X18.svg X18 Adults only. Only licensed, adults-only designated businesses may distribute this content, and never to minors. X18 content may not be broadcast on public media such as television or radio.
FPB - XX.svg XX Banned. Cannot be legally sold, rented or exhibited anywhere in South Africa. The FPB has the authority to classify any content as XX if it contains bestiality, necrophilia, extreme violence and/or cruelty, extreme sexual violence or the glorification of crime or child pornography.

Additionally, the FPB provides the following content classifications:

Icon Rating Name Description
B Blasphemy warns that content may be religiously sensitive
CI Competitive Intensity the degree to which a player gets personally involved, and the level of excitement created in the players as they engage with the various game levels in order to gain incentives and rewards
CT Criminal Techniques instructional details of illegal and dangerous acts that may be life-threatening and that are detailed enough to be re-enacted or self-instructional
FPB D (Substance abuse).svg D Drugs scenes of substance (drugs and alcohol) abuse
FPB H (Horror).svg H Horror scenes of horror
IAT Imitative Acts or Techniques dangerous acts or techniques that may be copied or imitated, especially by children
FPB L (Bad language).svg L Language use of bad language
FPB N (Nudity).svg N Nudity scenes involving nudity
FPB P (Prejudice).svg P Prejudice scenes or language that is biased or prejudiced with regard to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation or other identifiable group characteristics
PPS Photo Pattern Sensitivity motion sickness and reactions to low frequency sound
FPB S (Sexual activity).svg.png S Sex scenes involving sex, sexual conduct or sexually-related activity
FPB SV (Sexual violence).svg SV Sexual Violence scenes involving sexual violence
FPB V (Violence).svg V Violence physical and psychological violent scenes
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