Posts Tagged ‘Government’

Government Response to AIMS Recommendations

January 9, 2009

You can read the full report (18 pages) here.  Basically, the government has accepted 17 of 26 proposals from AIMS, the most significant of them being the phased liberalisation of the ban on party political films.  However, it’s not a full liberalisation either (bolded emphasis my own):

As a first step under the phased approach, the Government will amend the Films Act to allow for certain types of party political films. Films that are factual and objective, and do not dramatise and/or present a distorted picture will be allowed under the amended Films Act. These will include factual documentaries and footages, recordings of actual events, and biographies or autobiographies.

The question that comes to mind is regarding the policing of the content in any “factual” footage.  For example, what if someone uses his cellphone camera and records footage of a politician’s speech at the Speakers’ Corner and the politician expresses opinions that are deemed to be “distorted” – does that run afoul of the law?  One way to address this would be to set more specific guidelines for what is deemed to be a party political film.  Hence, the government has accepted the proposal for the setting up of an independent advisory panel to advise on whether a film is a party political film:

The Government also accepts the AIMS’ recommendation to set up an independent advisory panel which will make up of citizens of high standing and who are non-partisan. The role of this panel is to advise the Board of Film Censors whether films are party political films and if they can be allowed under the amended Films Act.

The advisory panel will be chaired by Mr Richard Magnus, retired Senior District Judge and Chairman of the Casino Regulatory Authority.

A quick Google search shows that Mr Richard Magnus was the senior district judge who presided over the sentencing of the two racist bloggers under the Sedition Act.

Overall progress, yes, but let’s wait and see for the specifics of the amended Films Act as well as the list of the “citizens of high standing” who will form the rest of the independent advisory panel.

[For a more detailed explanation of why the Films Act’s ambiguity can be dangerous for the everyman, read Yawning Bread]

Publicity stunt stopped because of lack of permit

May 19, 2008

This is quite ridiculous, really. When are they gonna loosen up?

Protest

Publicity stunt to promote Anlene Orchard Mile goes awry

SINGAPORE: A publicity stunt to promote the Anlene Orchard Mile run may have ended up running afoul of the law.

About 20 men took part in a ‘mock protest’ along Orchard Road on Sunday afternoon to complain about not being able to take part in the women-only run.

The organisers did not have a permit to do so and police are investigating the incident.

The Anlene Orchard Mile, which will be held on June 15, is in its second year.

Organisers had hoped 5,000 women would sign up for the run. – CNA/so/ir