Monday, November 13

About censorship

Quoting from the MDA site, answering the question "why must there be censorship":
"Censorship is practised in all societies to some degree and in varying forms -- whether by community groups, industry bodies or government agencies. In Singapore, censorship exists to protect the young from unsuitable content as well as to maintain stability and harmony in our multi-racial and multi-religious society, while allowing more choice for adults. Our surveys show that Singaporeans generally find censorship standards acceptable. For example, in the recent Censorship Review Committee 2003 survey, more than 70% of the respondents were satisfied with our content standards.
Of course, censorship alone is not sufficient. Whether we are able to maintain the moral tone of our society depends largely on the industry, artists and the community and on what society as a whole considers to be acceptable standards for media content. Hence it is a shared responsibility among the various stakeholders, with censorship being complemented by public education for greater media awareness."

So, there must be censorship because everybody does it and because 70% of the population said that they are ok with the censorship standards. Sheesh!!! Cogito ergo sum.

I found this site after www.ktmb.com.my (malaysia railways ticket purchasing online) had banned access. I did not know that ktmb was indecent in any way ... the trains are kinda slow though :))

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Malaysia, that's where you are?... I've just figured it out :) I tried to go on your 'photos' page but it didn't work...

Vic said...

"Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself." ~ Potter Stewart

Can't figure the exact meaning of it, but it sounds deep :-)

claudia said...

omg i can't believe it ... people are reading da blog .... :) I'm in Singapore, not malaysia :). I'll change the photos link asap.

Crankshaft said...

Oh, but Malaysia bans a LOT of movies.

And sometimes, censorship is taken WAY overboard, be it for political reasons or supposed morality ones.