In which we get put on yet another list and are asked for our addresses

Some German moralist organization putting websites on a list and asking for their addresses? Really? Ever heard of freedom of speech? We have neither racist or pornographic content on this site. Violent? Well, yes. We’re guessing they were alerted by one of the many Internet crusaders that send us weekly death threats. 

Please forward this E-Mail to the owner/provider of  the website

Dear Madam/Sir,

the BPjM is an administrative authority of the German government called „Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien“. Our task is to protect children and adolescents in Germany from any media which might be harmful or dangerous to minors (e.g. racist / violent / pornographic content). This work is authorized by the “Youth Protection Law” (Jugendschutzgesetz – JuSchG). You can find further information about our work in the enclosed form.

A German youth welfare institution has requested the BPjM to examine the site and to enter its address into the “list of youth-endangering media”.

The owner/provider has the right to defend the website against the charges of youth-endangering content. When the board has decided to enter a product into the “index”, the author/distributor receives the full verdict by letter. As soon as the website is put on the „Index“, German guarding tools are able to deny access to minors. That is why we even put foreign websites on the „Index“, although we know, that our decision might have no effect in their native countries themselves. In all cases we have to inform the provider that his site is put on the „Index“.

We only have to inform you about the proceeding and you have the right to defend the above mentioned site against the charges of youth-endangering content. It is your right to do so, but you do not have to. We would like to ask you to forward us your postal address, so that we can then properly notify you about the request by the youth welfare institution and give you the opportunity to reply within two weeks after the notification.

Should you be acquainted with the addresses of (other) authors or creators of the website, we would like to ask you to give us their postal addresses within two weeks so that we are able to properly notify them as well.

Best regards,                                                                                                                               __________________________

Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien

Rochusstraße 8-10, 53123 Bonn

Telefon: 0228 99 962103-0

Fax: 0228 379014



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