HR Strange But True!
September 20, 2002

In New Zealand, the government classifies publications for possible restriction or banning. It's a dirty job, therefore, if you're one of the censors working at Office of Film and Literature Classification, so the government provides you with $498 a year to spend on the likes of piano lessons or aerobics - anything to help you get rid of the "psychological pollution" encountered on the job.

Twelve censors spend their days reviewing various "publications," which under New Zealand law as include films, videos, music, books, magazines, and computer games. Chief censor Bill Hastings defended the stipends in a newspaper interview, saying material containing pornography or violence has the potential to harm.

"We're not machines. We're humans. Given that we have to do this job, we have to take some steps to negate the harm," he said.

Source: Reuters, via

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