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The Kingdom of the Netherlands 🇳🇱 (informally and colloquially known as Holland) is a European country which practices Christianity. It is part of the European Union.

General censorship[]

Book censorship[]

  • Dick Bos - This detective comic strip was banned twice. The first ban was in 1942, during the Nazi occupation, because the author, Alfred Mazure, did not want to turn the comic into a Nazi propaganda strip. Three years after, the comic strip was banned again was in 1944, after the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science Theo Rutten sent a circular among schools to discourage distribution of "violent comics". As a result, many comics in the Netherlands were only allowed if published in text comics format (which still allowed children to read more) and if the content was child-friendly, forcing Mazure to quit Dick Bos, due to the lack of interest from newspapers and magazines. However, the ban lifted when media censorship against comics loosened between 1963 and 1967, leading Mazure to draw new adventures of Dick Bos.
  • Mein Kampf - This book is unofficially banned for obviously being Adolf Hitler's manifesto. As Dutch law does not allow for the ban of the book, the government has since claimed its copyright. While it is illegal to print, sell or buy the book, the ownership of it is still legal.
  • The Cover-up General - this non-fiction thriller by Edwin Giltay was banned by court order in 2015 as a former spy of Dutch military intelligence claimed she was described falsely in this Srebrenica book. Ban lifted by the Court of Appeal of The Hague in 2016.

Internet censorship[]

Movie censorship[]

  • Scram! - This Laurel and Hardy movie was banned on its initial release because of a scene where Laurel and Hardy sit on a bed with a woman to whom they were not married, which censors felt that it was "indecent". Today the film is not banned.
  • A Serbian Film - This film is banned due to being considered child pornography in many countries, including the Netherlands.
  • Maladolescenza - This film is banned in the country since 25 March 2010, as the court of Alkmaar classified several scenes as child pornography. This ruling means that possessing, distributing and knowingly accessing to this film is prohibited.

Television censorship[]

  • SMS contests and phone-in game shows are prohibited since November 2007 for being considered unlawful gambling.

Video game censorship[]

  • Pokémon Duel - while not officially banned, support for the game in the country dropped after the Dutch Kansspelautoriteit (the Dutch Gambling Authority) looked into the game due to its lootbox mechanics (same law as the phone-in game shows).
  • Pokémon Masters EX - this game is unavailable for download in the Netherlands due to its lootbox mechanics.

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