IMDA regularly consults media advisory panels comprising members of the public on classification issues. Content guidelines for various media platforms periodically reviewed in consultation with these panels as well as the relevant industries and other stakeholders. Furthermore, IMDA conducts regular surveys and focus group discussions to gain deeper insights into the public perception of media classification and content standards. These measures ensure that our content regulatory policies and standards remain relevant and are in line with Singapore’s societal norms and values.
Through regular and calibrated refinements to our content regulation framework, the Government has gradually moved from a regime of censorship to one of classification based on the age-suitability of content, as well as industry co-regulation. For example, our films and video classification frameworks allow adults access to mature content while providing parents with information to guide their children’s viewings. Programmes on free-to-air (FTA) TV and subscription TV are largely self-regulated by the broadcast industry through content guidelines set by IMDA.
IMDA also actively engages the public through its education outreach on media classification. This is to provide Singaporeans with the information to make the appropriate media consumption choices for themselves and their families.