Singapore: Art censorship draft legislation leaves artists dismayed

Censorship has long dogged artists in Singapore. It is a dull ache, with the occasional painful twist. The most recent – and perhaps unintended – turn of the screw came on 12 May 2014 when the Media Development Authority released its proposed amendments to the Public Entertainments and Meetings Act for public consultation.


The authority sees this new move as an ‘empowering’ one, and it could have been. But a myriad of punitive measures and caveats have left artists dismayed that it might encourage self-censorship.

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