Tuesday, April 25, 2006

SDP podcast removed

The Returning Officer for the General Election ordered the Singapore Democratic Party to remove its podcast. This is because of a ban on podcasts during the elections period under the Parliamentary Elections (Election Advertising) Regulations.

In his podcast, "Chee Podcast: Show Singaporeans You're Really First World, Debate SDP", Dr Chee Soon Juan, Secretary General of the SDP, had accused the People's Action Party of "going all out to crush the SDP".

More information from Channel NewsAsia.

Contributed by Yuhui.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Blogging and elections

Senior Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts Balaji Sadasivan clarified in Parliament the guidelines for blogging and podcasting during elections.

Podcasting is not part of a "positive list" of activities allowed by the Election Advertising Regulations. Therefore, it will not be allowed during the elections by any entity.

Individual bloggers who "persistently propagate, promote or circulate political issues relating to Singapore" are required to register with the Media Development Authority under the Class Licence Scheme.

More information from Channel NewsAsia.

Update: 6 July 2006

Blogs will not need to be registered for now. More information.

Contributed by Yuhui.