Subtext: Missing Numbers

Censorship has been carried out only rarely and only on sensitive and offensive content in recent years. Over the past three years, nine films or 0.4% of the 2,351 films classified in the period were disallowed while for arts events, only one out of 2,724 arts events were disallowed.

Speech by Mr Lui Tuck Yew,  Acting Minister for Information, Communication and the Arts

Statistics are all well and good. Unfortunately numbers are always presented in favour of the hegemony.

The above presser states that in terms of censorship, only nine films were disallowed, out of the 2,351 submitted for classification. That makes up a measly 0.4 per cent. But what is not highlighted here is the number of films that could have been potentially submitted, created or otherwise, for a classification review. How many of us have lived thinking along the lines of “Oh I don’t think this will pass muster with the boss. Well, you better not submit it then.

Our inner critic suppresses before anything can spring up. How to create anything like that?


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