22 Dec '17, 11am

Film-makers concerned that changes to Films Act may 'erode public confidence'

Film-makers concerned that changes to Films Act may 'erode public confidence'

SINGAPORE - Fifty Singaporean film-makers have signed a position paper calling on the authorities to reconsider proposed amendments to the Films Act. Among them are prominent directors Anthony Chen, Jack Neo, Boo Junfeng, Kirsten Tan, K. Rajagopal, Royston Tan, Kelvin Tong and Tan Pin Pin. A key concern in the paper - released to The Straits Times on Friday (Dec 22) - is the expanded powers that Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) officers will have in investigating breaches. The paper's signatories said they were concerned that the changes "will erode public confidence in the processes that regulate access to films in Singapore". Currently, only a limited number of IMDA officers - a Censor, Deputy or Assistant Censor, or Inspector of Films - are empowered by the Films Act to enter premises without a warrant, and conduct search and seizure over unlawful films, such...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/film-makers-concern...

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