The government of Malaysia has banned
television and radio shows which feature gay characters.
The ban, effective immediately, was
reported by The Star.
Deputy Information, Communications and
Culture Minister Datuk Maglin Dennis D'Cruz told The
Star that the ban was meant to curb the “influence” of
the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.
State-owned TV and radio stations were
expected to immediately implement the ban, which would be expanded to
cover privately-owned and satellite TV providers.
The Censorship Board, under a directive
issued Thursday by the Information Department, would screen out
foreign movies and TV shows with gay characters.
“Effective immediately, radio and TV
stations are asked to stop screening shows which feature gay,
effeminate men as well as characters that go against the norm of a
religious society because this encourages and promotes LGBT now,”
the Information Department announced on its Facebook page.
Maglin clarified that programs and TV
shows hosted by men who appear effeminate would not be removed
“because they are born this way.”
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