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Singapore GE2020: Scripts not needed for online rallies, says IMDA

Jun 29, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
Political parties and candidates taking part in the July 10 polls can carry out online campaigning activities, including rallies, without having to submit their scripts to the authorities beforehand.

Scripts for the party political broadcasts for parties fielding at least six candidates have to be submitted, to ensure they are suitable for airing on national TV, the Infocomm Media Development Authority said yesterday on the Government's fact-checking website Factually.

The Factually clarification yesterday comes a day after the Progress Singapore Party had expressed its concerns over having to hand in the scripts of its party political broadcast speeches at least two days in advance.

The IMDA, in explaining why scripts have to be submitted ahead of the recording, said national broadcaster Mediacorp requires it.

Yesterday morning, former political detainee Teo Soh Lung began a petition on change.org entitled "No to IMDA requirement to submit script for online rally broadcast".