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National Bureau of Classification
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Formation 1956
Type Government Organization
Purpose Film and Literature ratings
Headquarters "Male', Maldives
Region served
Website [1]

The National Bureau of Classification (NBC), previously the Film Censor Board of Maldives, is a government office founded on 21 May 1956 with the objective of presenting and promoting "cinema and theatrical performances for the benefit of the Maldivian people.


History and overview[edit]

The Government of "Maldives first formed a Film Censor Board on 21 May 1956 under the President’s Office. This Board was formed with the objective of presenting and promoting cinema and theatrical performances for the benefit of the Maldivian people. On 15 May 1983 the Film Censor Board was transferred under the mandate of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Housing. The mission of the five-member Board was to check films and theatrical dramas to see if they had issues that conflicted:

1. The tenets of Islam. 2. The Constitution, Laws and Regulations of the Maldives. 3. The Maldivian Culture.

On 1 April 1998 the Film Censor Board became a "subsidiary of the Ministry of Information, Arts and Culture and on 29 December 2005, the Film Censor Board was re-branded as the National Bureau of Classification, NBC. This change was brought as the government believed that classification and education was the key to manage and regulate different content so as to protect values of artistic productions and safeguard consumer interests at the same time. Presently, the National Bureau of Classification is under the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Film ratings[edit]

Classification Certificates issued by NBC are based on the following categories:[1]

Maldive film classifications


  1. ^ "Classification Ratings". Maldives: National Bureau of Classification. Archived from the original on 20 February 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 

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