In Conclusion

A clear separation of regulation and censorship

Can such a prospect be realised, as some may charge, only in an ‘ideal world’? Based on our practical experience, as well the principles we share, it is the only realistic solution to the increasingly outmoded and untenable system currently in place.   

At present, the decision to censor is taken far too lightly in Singapore. This is because it has become routinized to such an extent that individuals are shielded from the ethical implications and practical consequences of their actions. Some blame for this must be laid at the door of successive CRCs, whose pro-forma insistence that ‘all societies censor’ has stood in for any meaningful discussion of what is really at stake in an act of censorship: the arbitrary exercise of power. As artists whose primary function is cultural expression, and whose first responsibility is to our audiences, we feel that the government can do more to separate out regulation from censorship, and to implement a regulatory system that is user-friendly, transparent and accountable.