Singapore to lift ban on party political films

SINGAPORE, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) — The Singapore government will amend the current Films Act to allow for certain types of party political films in the country, local media reported on Friday.

According to Channelnewsasia’s report, the Singapore government agreed with the Advisory Council on the Impact of New Media Society that it should take a phased approach to liberalizing the Films Act, which means that political parties and their candidates will be able to use films for internet election advertising  during an election.

    Communications and the Arts Minister Lee Boon Yang said Friday morning that the government will move to amend the Films Act in the next month or two.

    Party political films will have to be factual and objective and not dramatize or present a distorted picture. The government will set up an independent advisory panel to determine whether films are party political films and if they can be aired, the report said.

    The controversial Section 33 of the Films Act makes it an offense to make, possess, distribute, reproduce or exhibit a "party political film" in Singapore. The penalty is a fine of up to100,000 Singapore dollars (about 67,500 U.S. dollars) or a jail term of up to 2 years.

taken from : http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-01/09/content_10630809.htm

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“ Party political films will have to be factual and objective and not dramatize or present a distorted picture. The government will set up an independent advisory panel to determine whether films are party political films and if they can be aired, the report said. “

Will the government really set up an “independent advisory panel”? I doubt it. After all, it is set up by the government. Just like the Judicial system, which favours the PAP in defamation cases. The problem with this is that the advisory panel will ban and allow films according to their own preference. That means any political film that criticizes or questions the integrity of the government will be banned, only those films which talk about, for example, what the PAP government has done or criticism of the opposition will be allowed.

The bottom line? There is no justice in Singapore politics.

Scientia Est Potentia

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