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NBTC has no right to censor

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Those born in 1997 are in their mid-teens now. They are shedding the dependence of close supervision, and testing how far they can go, and how much they might be able to get away with. At this stage of life, inadvisable chances are taken, and mistakes are often made. Hormones develop. Some learn from their mistakes, and use the lessons learned. Some want their privileges without taking responsibility for them. 

We are referring, of course, to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and its unfortunate steps into TV censorship.

The NBTC was born with the people's constitution of 1997. While that charter was lamentably trashed by the military junta in 2006, large sections survived. The commission was charged with taking back the airwaves from state agencies and business cronies, and returning them to their rightful owners. The NBTC has taken steps that help to move towards that goal. It also has taken others that have not been so helpful.

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