To what extent will the government consider removal of video and cuts as being ‘edited’?

As all might be aware, Non-constituency Member of Parliament, Leon Perera was made to apologise for a statement he made about the Mediacorp editing videos from the Parliament sessions under the request of Leader of the House, Grace Fu.

Instead of addressing the point that the clip which Mr Perera noted, indeed, had parts of it missing before Mediacorp rectified the technical glitch, the establishment went after the sequence of events. Ms Fu demanded Mr Perera to make an apology in Parliament which he did.

In his personal statement made in parliament, Mr Perera said,

However, I did not deliberately misrepresent the facts of that incident to this House. I did not plan to raise this during the supplementary questions. I did so off the cuff and only in response to a request to enumerate any incidence of editing that I knew of.”…”As it turned out, my memory of the incident was inaccurate,”

“I did acknowledge my memory might well be imperfect as I prefaced it with the quote ‘if my memory serves me well’. I stated explicitly, twice on that day, that the incident had been resolved amicably and did not accuse Mediacorp of partisan editing, which makes the matter of when the clip was corrected immaterial.”

“I’d also like to reiterate that the main thrust of my (questions) had been the nature and ownership of parliamentary video footage, which was clarified, and whether and how videos are edited, and why livestreaming of Parliament is not provided,” he said.

A rewind back to the parliament session where Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Communication and Information, Chee Hong Tat in the Parliamentary session, November last year defended the current practice of letting Mediacorp manage the Parliamentary videos.

He said, “Mr Perera also mentioned that the footages have been, I think he used the word “edited”, and he mentioned that not everything is shown. I wish to clarify that is not true. I have also explained this during the Committee of Supply that the footages are all put up. They are edited to show, to arrange and to sort them out based on the speakers and the reply given. If Mr Perera feels that there are certain examples that have been left out, maybe the Member can give me some specific examples, and we will certainly look into those.”

He then further said, “Mr Speaker, I want to reiterate the point that what I said by “editing”, I think my definition of editing may be different from what Mr Perera was alluding to. When I said “editing”, what I meant was Channel NewsAsia would take the footages, and they will sort them out based on the person who asked the question, the person who answered, so as to make it more convenient for viewers to search and to access these footages. The editing that is done is not to remove certain parts of what was said. It is shown as per what was said in Parliament and what is reflected in Hansard, on the microsite and on the video footages of Facebook page, so on and so forth.”

So Mr Chee’s stance is that the editing that is done by Mediacorp is not to remove certain parts of what was said, but to make it convenient for viewers to search and access. While it may be true that parts within a speech are not being omitted, but one can just use an example with the recent videos uploaded by Mediacorp onto its Channel News Asia microsite that it may not be entirely the case.

One can refer to the video of the exchange between the Workers’ MP and Indranee Rajah on the Keppel O&M bribery scandal and see that there are missing parts to the video, where Deputy Speaker Charles Chong cut short the debate by stating that there can only be two more questions asked when there are many more MPs wanting to file questions on this contentious topic.

While the missing part where Deputy Speaker spoke is short, but it is significant as it informs the public that the Members of Parliament are prevented from asking any further questions by the Speaker.

This is similar to the Parliamentary debate for the Administration of Justice (Protection) bill where former Speaker of Parliament, Mdm Halimah Yacob who is Singapore’s current president, seemingly pushed through with the passing of the controversial bill.

Despite Mr Low Thia Khiang having raised his hands to seek the attention of the Speaker, Mdm Halimah said, “The Ayes have it, the Ayes have it”

Mr Low had to walk all the way over to the podium to make his intention to call for a division clear through the microphone as Mdm Halimah hesitated to respond to him and tried to dissuade him from calling for a division.

If there had been livestreaming of the parliamentary session and video of the session public is made in full without edits, this would have been noticed by the public. But as it is, only those who are there in the public gallery will have knowledge of the incident. And interestingly, this was not recorded in Hansard.

Although the government has uploaded this particular exchange in full on its YouTube channel, but many more videos are not and only available on Mediacorp’s microsite for a period of six months. They are subjected to the same kind of edits and trancation.

As the parliament is conducted using public money, the public deserves to know and have access to full clips of the parliamentary sessions and not clips that are cut to size by a private entity.

 

Terry Xu

 

* The writer is the Chief Editor of The Online Citizen.

 

 

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16 Responses to “To what extent will the government consider removal of video and cuts as being ‘edited’?”

  • Bapak:

    Please explain how the technical gitch happened. Those who do AV editing will know when you want to cut, you cut. And you cut exactly that portion you wanted to cut. A truely technical glitch will render the whole program unable to understand.

    An intentional cut render the whole message opposite meaning. For example

    This is cut:-
    1) Original text – I don’t want to fiack PAP.
    2) By intentional removing the word “don’t”, it become – I want to fiack PAP.

    This is technical glitch:-
    1) Original text – I don’t want to fiack PAP.
    2) I blur blur………PAP. Don’t make sense isn’t it?

    MiddleCorpse being in this industry for so long, don’t tell us they have very backward and inferior AV editing equipment?

    Give us a break DisGraceFu.

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    “Cowards”!!! that is what they are…unable to face the TRUTH that they are FOOLS!!!

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  • oxygen:

    DISGRACEFOOL SHOULD ALSO DEMAND that Paikar apologize to all Sinkies for claiming CPF is not our money.

    If she is correct otherwise, and CPF is credited into our financial statement accounts in our name, IT MEANS WE PEASANTS WITH CPF BALANCES TO OUR NAME must be either all thieves or fraudster or both.

    PAPpys claims to virtue is a history of a fart of fiction.

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  • Press ranking says it all:

    Singapore is ranked 151th (out of 180) in terms of press freedom. This means the local media is not free. It is controlled by PAP so it can mislead the public with its “spin”.

    The committee on “fake news” just formed is a joke. PAP consider it a threat to Singapore. In reality, it is only a threat to PAP. If PAP is open and transparent there will be minimal “fake news” because Singaporeans will always know the (whole) truth, not the misleading half-truths PAP often uses to “spin” things.

    That is why PAP cannot be trusted. They are just a bunch of arrogant, self-serving, incompetent politicians who want to stay in power so they continue to pay themselves millions each year.

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  • C'est la vie:

    *****
    Sick and tired of the PAP’s “winning” every argument and point in Parliament.

    Winning every case in Court.

    Winning media coverage on a daily basis.

    Winning every GE, BE and EP.

    But are they “real, honest and deserving” winners though ???
    ***
    *****

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  • rukidding:

    Mediacock is just another Pappy’s cock !

    Do you really believe they “dare” be Neutral and really “Professional” ??

    Only dafts believe all those media cock reports !

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  • Bolts & Nuts:

    Government, what’s so difficult about livestreaming of the parliamentary session? Cannot see the light of the day? (见不得光?) Hello, it’s of public interest, OK, get it right to your head!

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  • Hsien Tau:

    Like MRT lol, technical glitch, track fault, signal fault lol. Btw, isn’t Indranee the same one who came out with the Wayang when the Prince of Britain first came? And they call it no fake news?

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  • HarderTruths:

    Pappy dictionary

    Edit (v) = A process to rework information so the public is confused, misled or ignorant of the facts, the true extent of the issue as well as who is responsible for it.

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  • Unquestioning Singaporean:

    Editing includes when even one second of footage is snipped.

    Leon should not have apologised.

    The PEOPLE’s Workers’ Party PWP should not have appeared APOLOGETIC as it is it’s usual style.

    ENGLISH , by its design, allows for word twisting and this is why lawyers have a means of earning money.

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  • Unrealistic:

    Whats the big secret? Editing all the embarrasing bits? Thats what makes parliament sessions worth watching. The good n bad is what makes it real n honest. We pay you idiots and have a right to know everything. Now ev thing seems like dishonest politics.

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  • Zhenzidan:

    Leon should have stood firm. By apologizing, he us admitting his own fallacy!

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  • SITOH & Peh Ling car:

    IF YOU ALL KNOW WHAT IS AUTHORITARIANI RULE, YOU WON’T BE ASKING ANY OF YOUR QUESTIONS.

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  • Bo tio?:

    Editing according to the dictionary means

    Correcting, rearranging and adapting!

    What is your meaning Chee or whatthef?

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  • pap selected INDIAN president:

    Press ranking says it all:
    Singapore is ranked 151th (out of 180) in terms of press freedom. This means the local media is not free. It is controlled by PAP so it can mislead the public with its “spin”.

    The committee on “fake news” just formed is a joke. PAP consider it a threat to Singapore. In reality, it is only a threat to PAP. If PAP is open and transparent there will be minimal “fake news” because Singaporeans will always know the (whole) truth, not the misleading half-truths PAP often uses to “spin” things.

    That is why PAP cannot be trusted. They are just a bunch of arrogant, self-serving, incompetent politicians who want to stay in power so they continue to pay themselves millions each year.

    well said, bro. thank you. exactly what we have been telling Singaporeans who listen. DON’T buy that pap newspapers the states times as it is nothing but pap FAKE news.

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  • pap selected INDIAN president:

    oxygen:
    DISGRACEFOOL SHOULD ALSO DEMAND that Paikar apologize to all Sinkies for claiming CPF is not our money.

    If she is correct otherwise, and CPF is credited into our financial statement accounts in our name, IT MEANS WE PEASANTS WITH CPF BALANCES TO OUR NAME must be either all thieves or fraudster or both.

    PAPpys claims to virtue is a history of a fart of fiction.

    first, life is fair. pap paikar may fake her life is good, as all pap MFs are faking, like pap clown is faking. but if we can look into their hearts we shall see the hawker centre cleaning ah soh has a truly more blessed life than the pap paikar.

    second, we normally do not watch pap tv. but we did see pap paikar on pap tv a few days ago. FFFF. she speaks so fake. her england was so atrocious with her ffffing fake accent. Cb. no wonder we are going fast from 1st world to 3rd world, with such ffffing low standards in parleement.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    WHY already paikar still so evil to say CPF money is not citizens’ money?

    no wonder INDIAN is malay no sound no fury. BUT life is fair. lying is punishable in the end. IF only we can see departed pap evil lky how he is suffering now for all the lies that came out of Lj mouth. SO we say pap paikar sooner or later she shall sama sama because of lies from her Cb mouth. NO escape. FOR sure to happen. lies are lies and are punishable.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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