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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 15th March 2019.

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Photo of Steve Reed Steve Reed Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Civil Society)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the definition of extremism used by OFCOM is aligned with the definition used by his Department.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

As an independent regulatory body, Ofcom’s duties and powers are set out by Parliament in legislation. This does not include a definition of extremism but sets Ofcom a wider duty to protect the public from harmful and offensive material, and directs Ofcom to set content standards, through a code, for television and radio. Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code sets out standards around harmful and offensive broadcast material; incitement of crime, disorder, hatred or abuse; and responsible religious programming.

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