Saturday, September 12, 2009

Singapore lifts ban on film about Chee Soon Juan

Seelan: And to think it took them 4-and-a-half years to realise they should lift the ban. Singaporeans under the age of 18 apparently cannot watch it. But in the Internet age their M18 rating doesn't matter at all because if you're reading this and you're under 18, you can watch it right here!



AFP: Singapore lifts ban on film about opposition politician

Singapore on Friday lifted a ban on a film about a local opposition politician under revised guidelines introduced earlier in March this year.

The Media Development Authority (MDA) announced the lifting of the ban on Singapore Rebel on its website, saying the documentary no longer violates the revised Films Act. (Watch video here)

Previously, the 26-minute documentary about opposition politician Chee Soon Juan was banned because under the old guidelines, it was classified as a "party political film."

Before the amendments were introduced this year, the Films Act prohibited the making and distribution of films containing partisan political references or comments.

Under the amended Films Act, the documentary "should therefore not be regarded as a party political film," the MDA said in a statement posted on its website.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said last year the government accepted that its policies must evolve to remain relevant in the current media landscape in which Internet use has become more widespread.

Singapore has often been criticised by human rights and media groups for maintaining strict political controls despite its rapid modernisation but the government says the strict laws are necessary to maintain law and order -- a pillar of the country's economic prosperity.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hfJPUmARVzXWXY5-im10c_jR-HyA

SDP
: Readers should note that the unbanning of the Singapore Rebel is not a change of heart of the PAP. The New Media has completely overtaken the Government's ability to censor information on the Internet. The ruling party has had no choice but to play catch up.

Read also Martyn See's Ban on "Singapore Rebel" lifted, rated M18

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Readers should note that the unbanning of the Singapore Rebel is not a change of heart of the PAP. The New Media has completely overtaken the Government's ability to censor information on the Internet. The ruling party has had no choice but to play catch up."

Yes and no. If it's simply a capitulation on the part of the PAP in light of the New Media, why not remove the ban on Zahari's 17 Years?

fish 'n' chips said...

Hi Seelan

Can I check with you on where can one find past speeches by Francis Seow on the net?

Thank you!