To stream or not to stream – Parliamentary live broadcasts

In response to renewed calls for live parliamentary broadcasts by MPs and citizens, Grace Fu and her Press Secretary Michele Khoo reiterated the Government’s refusal to do so. As many reasons have been raised by both sides, CAPE has put together this handy resource that summarises the debate so far!

P.S. Fun fact: In the course of our research, we found out that a password-protected live-stream already exists at https://www.parliamentwebcast.sg!
P.P.S Don’t forget to tune in to the live broadcast of DPM Heng Swee Keat’s fourth ministerial speech on new economic measures to address the effects of COVID-19 on 26th May at 3.30pm!

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References

  1. Nabilah Awang, “Leader of the House Grace Fu rejects renewed calls for live streaming of Parliament proceedings” (TODAYOnline, 5 May 2020), https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/leader-house-grace-fu-rejects-renewed-calls-live-streaming-parliament-proceedings; Michele Khoo, “No plans for live Parliament broadcast, which runs risk of changing sober tone of proceedings: Govt” (TODAYOnline, 15 May 2020). https://www.todayonline.com/voices/no-plans-live-parliament-broadcast-risk-changing-sober-tone-proceedings-government
  2. Anthea Indira Ong, “Continuity of Public Access through Live Streaming” (Medium, 5 May 2020). https://medium.com/@antheaindiraong/continuity-of-public-access-through-live-streaming-c644594ec976
  3. Pritam Singh, “Live Proceedings and Smart Nation” (6 March 2017). http://www.wp.sg/ministry-of-communications-and-information-committee-of-supply-2017-cuts-by-wp-mps-and-ncmps/
  4. Chirag Argawal, “Live Parliament proceedings hold democratic allure and should be allowed in digital age” (TODAYOnline, 11 May 2020). https://www.todayonline.com/voices/live-parliament-proceedings-hold-democratic-allure-and-should-be-allowed-digital-age
  5. Thirteenth Parliament, First Session (Parliamentary Debates Singapore Official Report, 7 November 2017) https://sprs.parl.gov.sg/search/fullreport?sittingdate=7-11-2017
  6. Chee Hong Tat, “Response by Mr Chee Hong Tat, Minister of State for Communications and Information, at the Committee of Supply Debate on 6 Mar 2017”. (Ministry of Communications and Information, 6 Mar 2017). https://www.mci.gov.sg/pressroom/news-and-stories/pressroom/2017/3/innovation-in-media-and-communications?pagesize=6
  7. Chirag Agarwal, “Live Parliament proceedings hold democratic allure and should be allowed in digital age” (TODAYOnline, 11 May 2020). https://www.todayonline.com/voices/live-parliament-proceedings-hold-democratic-allure-and-should-be-allowed-digital-age
  8. Leon Perera, “Constitutional Amendment Bill – Speech by Leon Perera” (2020). http://www.wp.sg/constitutional-amendment-bill-speech-by-leon-perera/
  9. Tan Chuan-Jin, “From the Chair | A Bridge between Parliament and Singaporeans” (26 Mar 2018). https://www.parliament.gov.sg/newsroom/speaker%27s-blog/details/from-the-chair
  10. Michele Khoo, “No plans for live Parliament broadcast, which runs risk of changing sober tone of proceedings: Govt” (TODAYOnline, 15 May 2020). https://www.todayonline.com/voices/no-plans-live-parliament-broadcast-risk-changing-sober-tone-proceedings-government
  11. United Nations Development Programme, “Global Parliamentary Report” (April 2012). https://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/library/Democratic%20Governance/Global_Parliamentary_Report_English.pdf
  12. Inter-Parliamentary Union, “The challenge of broadcasting parliamentary proceedings” (2007). https://www.ipu.org/resources/publications/reference/2016-07/challenge-broadcasting-parliamentary-proceeding
  13. Isaac Tan Baorong, “Use of theatre analogy for decision on live parliamentary broadcasts a puzzling one” (TODAYOnline, 18 May 2020). https://www.todayonline.com/voices/theatre-analogy-decision-live-parliament-broadcasts-puzzling?fbclid=IwAR14atzk06T7z3cftJB3_vkJQ87vOnoyx18ehiWkOntOV03S9FYtKWBaadI
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