Experts find T-shirt slogan on diverse families in LGBT pride video harmful to minors

17/09/2013
Submitted by ILGA-Europe

Reposted from 15 min: http://www.15min.lt/en/article/culture-society/experts-find-t-shirt-slogan-on-diverse-families-in-lgbt-pride-video-harmful-to-minors-528-369626

Experts of the Lithuanian Office of the Inspector of Journalism Ethics believe that one of the two promotional videos of Baltic Pride, an LGBT event that took place in Vilnius last July, may have been harmful to minors and should have been aired late at night only.

Experts say that the video, featuring people who specify their sexual orientation and invite viewers to take part in the LGBT pride march, promote a different concept of family and marriage than stipulated by the law. In particular, the experts took note of one of the people in the video wearing a T-shirt with a slogan For Family Diversity.

Deividas Velkas, adviser at the Journalists' Ethics Office, told BNS on Monday that the experts did not find any criteria for restricting the broadcasting time of the second video, which was intended to promote diversity in general.

Based on the expert conclusion, Inspector of Journalism Ethics Zita ZamcikienÄ— said the decision about the complaint filed by the Lithuanian Gay League should be made later this week.

In July, the Lithuanian Gay League turned to the ethics inspector over a decision made by the Lithuanian National Radio and Television to restrict airing time of the promotional videos to after 11 PM.

Television chiefs quoted the controversial Law on Protection of Minors from Negative Public Information which limits, among other things, messages that "berate family values, promote different notions of marriage and family than that established in the Constitution and the Civil Code of the Republic of Lithuania." Critics say the rule is a thinly disguised attempt to restrict information on LGBT issues.


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