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Thursday, Sep 11, 2014

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No self-rating scheme in Arts Bill

The Straits Times | Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh | Thursday, Sep 11, 2014

Actors Hansel Tan and Julie Wee will play the titular roles of the star-crossed lovers in Wild Rice's adaptation of the Shakespearean play, Romeo And Juliet.

Two weeks after a controversial self-classification proposal for Singapore arts groups was dropped, a Bill to amend the Public Entertainments and Meetings Act was introduced in Parliament yesterday.

It did not have the Arts Term Licensing Scheme, which would have allowed arts groups to give age-appropriate ratings for their own works.

The Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA), which had proposed the scheme, saw it as a step towards "co- regulation".

However, arts groups opposed it stoutly, saying it would encourage self-censorship.

The scheme was on MDA's list of proposed amendments for the Act, which was last changed in 2000. With its exclusion, the changes set out in the Bill include licensing virtual performances streamed to a venue for public exhibition in the same way as a live event at the same location.

Also, MDA would be allowed to investigate arts entertainment breaches, instead of subjecting the organisers to police action.


This article was first published on September 9, 2014.
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