Premiere facing porn penance

BERLIN — German pay TV web Premiere may have to do penance for showing erotic films. State agency Hamburg Institute for New Media (HAM) has threatened Premiere with sanctions for the broadcast of five allegedly pornographic movies.

HAM has recommended forcing Premiere to replace its programming at midnight — the time when adult movies are usually shown — with a printed statement detailing its offense. If the sanctions are imposed, Premiere’s regular schedule would be interrupted for several hours every night for a week.

Premiere said on Thursday that it opposes this proposed punishment, calling it “excessive” and “bad for business.” If need be, the pay TV channel will fight HAM’s decision in court.

The five movies in question, Premiere maintains, had been cleared by the FSF, a private organization that controls films for pornographic or violent content which might violate German youth protection laws. HAM’s objections to the pics were not raised until after their broadcast at the beginning of this year.

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