Police say television violence increases real violence
Violent television programmes increase the level of violence in society, police chief Jelle Kuiper said on Wednesday.9 January 2008
AMSTERDAM - Violent television programmes increase the level of violence in society, Dutch police chief Jelle Kuiper said in his New Year's address on Wednesday.
Kuiper, police chief in the eastern Netherlands, claims the broadcasting of violent television shows encourages young people to imitate the behaviour they see.
Films and television shows dealing with alcohol, drugs and aggression caused youngsters to behave in similar ways, Kuiper said.
Kuiper also pleaded for tougher police action against violent youths.
The police chief's condemnation of violence on television came only two days after a US study by economists from the University of California claimed violent films had in fact a positive impact on public safety.
The researchers said violent television increased - rather than threatened - public safety because potentially violent people spent their time watching violence instead of taking part in violent activities themselves.
[Copyright dpa 2008]
Subject: Dutch news