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Case for “moral policing”

In Uncategorized on 15/09/2019 at 2:00 pm

Ezekiel Mutua, the chief executive of the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB)

censors films, songs, and television adverts which feature sexualised content and same-sex relationships.

BBC

He doesn’t like being called censor but is happy being called a “moral policeman”

[T]he former journalist, who is a devout Christian, objects to being called a censor.

“Censorship connotes some dictatorial and colonial tendencies,” Mr Mutua says.

He is more comfortable with the moniker “moral policeman”, though it took him a while to embrace it.

unrepentant about his decisions, saying children are given “weird” perceptions of life by people who “introduce things that are foreign to Kenya’s culture and undermine the family unit by saying a man and another man can form a family”.

He argues that central to his work is the protection of children from harmful content such as nudity, foul language, obscenity and violence.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-46371971?intlink_from_url=&link_location=live-reporting-story

(Emphasis mine)

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Two diet drinks a day = dying young

In Uncategorized on 14/09/2019 at 1:38 pm

Recently, a health story about fizzy drinks was widely shared online in the UK.

Some of the newspapers went big with a study – which claimed two diet drinks a day could be linked to people dying young. These papers – including the Daily Mail – report on a major study linking diet drinks with an increased risk of dying early.

The research, which looked at more than 450,000 people across Europe, found that death rates from any cause were 26% higher among people who consumed two or more diet drinks a day, compared with those who had less than one a month.

The reasons are unclear, but previous studies have suggested that artificial sweeteners can trigger glucose intolerance and higher insulin levels in the blood.

The truth is more nuanced

https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-49579380