Protection of Minors in Broadcasting


Under the principle of "regulated self-regulation", the KJM certifies voluntary self-regulation organisations as specified in Art. 19 JMStV and checks if the decisions taken by the organisation regarding broadcasting or telemedia content are taken within the scope of assessment afforded to the organisations. If a voluntary self-regulation organisation exceeds the scope for legal assessment, the KJM can take legal measures.

In addition, the KJM develops statutes and directives which the self-regulation organisations must adhere to. They include provisions regarding the scheduling of films in broadcasting services, exceptions regarding age ratings of the voluntary self-regulation organisation for the cinema (Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle der Filmwirtschaft, FSK) or concerning the distribution of examination procedures.

Requirements to be met for certification

Self-regulation organisations seeking a certification must present an application to the KJM. In the process of analysis, the KJM also hears representatives of the organisation in question. In order to be certified by the KJM, the organisation must meet certain requirements including clear specifications concerning the selection and the decisions of the examiners. Independent experts or examiners must include representatives from the breadth of society.

On 01 August 2003, the KJM certified the voluntary self-regulation organisation for commercial television, Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Fernsehen, FSF. Its members include almost all commercial TV broadcasters in Germany.