Thai Culture Ministry Proposes Liberalizing Film and Games Legislation

PRESS RELEASE:

The Ministry of Culture has finalized a draft for the new Movies and Games Bill, designed to transform the country’s film industry by shifting the power of censorship from the government to producers. Culture Minister Sermsak Pongpanit said the bill aims to replace the existing government censorship board with a self-governing council for movies and games.

Sermsak elaborated that the move is part of Thailand’s effort to reduce state control over creative content, promoting self-regulation within the film and gaming industries. The proposed bill places emphasis on empowering producers, encouraging a more liberal environment for artistic expression and business operations.

A key feature of the new legislation is the focus on protecting younger audiences, with provisions to ensure that content is age-appropriate and responsibly produced. The bill proposes that producers adopt a self-regulated rating system, making them more accountable to societal standards, particularly regarding content for children and youth.

The bill also suggests the establishment of a dedicated fund to support film and game industry talents, including directors and game developers. The ministry is currently reviewing the bill to ensure there is no overlap with the Thailand Creative Content Agency (THACCA) Bill, which is tasked with promoting Thai soft power.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.