As with legislation, the policies established by MDA provide media businesses and practitioners with a clear set of operating boundaries and help foster stronger growth for the industry.
Policies set can be divided into two categories:
• Content management
• Policies for industry practices
Content management allows for information to benefit the user and society. Through the setting of guidelines for the various media, the public can access a wide choice of channels for entertainment or knowledge, while at the same time, safeguarding the young from undesirable materials.
MDA maintains a light-touch approach towards regulation, working closely with the public and the industry on media content and standards. It will introduce more co-regulation among industry players to facilitate the media industry while promoting social responsibility.
Different media are guided by different codes and guidelines shaped by community standards. These guidelines are constantly updated in consultation with citizen consultative bodies to reflect societal trends and standards. Regular dialogue sessions are also held to gather views and feedback. MDA will continue to invite and provide feedback, and help the media industry to create the right mix of media content to meet the interests and needs of consumers.
Policies for industry practices are put in place to help media businesses, providing them with an operating framework and promoting fair competition in the Singapore media industry.