Hirsch Ballin to tackle violent games

14th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

14 June 2007, LUXEMBOURG – Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin wants stricter regulations for violent video and computer games for children. He no longer has any confidence in self regulation and the "good intentions" among vendors and manufacturers.

14 June 2007

LUXEMBOURG – Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin wants stricter regulations for violent video and computer games for children. He no longer has any confidence in self regulation and the "good intentions" among vendors and manufacturers.

Vendors who knowingly sell violent games to children who are too young will be facing tougher criminal sanctions, says Hirsch Ballin. "In the Netherlands we passed the point where we trust that everything will work out fine in the end," the minister said in Luxembourg on Wednesday, where he was meeting with other EU justice ministers.

The discussion on banning violent computer games has been at the forefront in Germany for some time. Hirsch Ballin supports Germany's efforts to come up with a more critical approach to these games. He says the damaging effects of extreme violence on children are well known enough to warrant tougher measures.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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