If the mainstream media campaigns or lobbies for either side of the LGBT debate – or gives prominence to one view to the exclusion of others – it would not be possible for us to avoid the culture wars we see elsewhere, Minister for Communications and Information Josephine Teo said in a Facebook post (27 August).
“It is of utmost importance that our mainstream media continues to be responsible and balanced in handling LGBT topics,” Ms Teo said.
Ms Teo’s comments came after her colleagues in MCI were alerted to a Facebook post by a “Miak Siew” who said that the announcement of the repeal has helped made it easier for them to speak about LGBT topics ‘live on air’. “Miak Siew” was referring to his forthcoming participation on a radio programme on 89.3 MoneyFM.
Ms Teo reiterated MCI’s position that the repeal of 377A will not change content regulation policies for LGBT content.
The view expressed by “Miak Siew” is contrary to MCI’s position, she said.
“We will maintain the status quo in the media landscape, and strongly discourage campaigning for pro- or anti-LGBT viewpoints,” Ms Teo said.