Protection of Minors

THE PROTECTION OF MINORS
Corecom Lombardy monitors compliance with the rules for the protection of minors in the radio and television sector. The ambit of legal protection refers both to the type of programmes and the times and durations of transmission through the 24 hour cycle.
The Italian self-regulation system provides for three levels of protection:

  • general applicable to all programming hours including late night;
  • increased (from 7.00 to 22.30) when the audience of minors is numerous but assumed to be supported by the presence of an adult;
  • specific (from 16.00 to 19.00) during which time it is assumed that minors are not supported by the presence of an adult.

As regards the typology of transmissions: informative, shows, sports, popular traditions, current affairs, fiction (films, telefilms, cartoons, reality shows, etc.), and including the complex sphere of advertising, the television broadcasters have undertaken, in relation to the legislation in force and as regards freedom of information and business, to apply the principle that “… the  best interests of the child must be the priority consideration” (Art. 3 UN Convention).

Therefore, they are committed not to broadcast programmes that might seriously harm the physical, psychological, and moral development of minors or that depict scenes of gratuitous, insistent, or extreme violence, or pornographic material (art. 34 of Legislative Decree 177/05 - Consolidation act for radio and television .)
If private citizens or associations want to indicate the broadcasting of disputable scenes, or contrary to the rules for the protection of minors, they can fill in the specific form  and submit it by fax,  post, or e-mail to the Corecom offices.

In the form it is essential to specify the name of the television broadcaster  object of notification, the broadcasting time of the programme, the programme title and a brief description of scene thought to violate the rules. The completeness of details is fundamental since it is on this basis that Corecom can proceed to acquire a recording of the programme through the Guardia di Finanza police.
Subsequently the Committee will analyze the recording and, if a violation of regulations is confirmed, submit a report to the Communications Guarantee Authority, who will sanction the broadcaster.

If instead Corecom assess that the rules have not been violated, the case is filed.

In all cases the reporting private citizen or association  will receive a written communication of the outcome of the report from Corecom.