Creative Licence: The Regulation of Media in Singapore

This is a book that covers the regulation of films, broadcast (and Internet), arts entertainment, and advertising in Singapore. These newer forms of media have in common visual, design, production and performative aspects, which fit them to be discussed together.

Authors: Benny Tan and Eleanor Wong

Year of Publication: 2020

Page Extent: 216 pages 

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Regulation in Singapore


This book is unique in that it discusses the formal (civil and criminal) regulatory aspects, as well as the more informal controls, of these forms of media. The treatment is intentionally straightforward and practical rather than overly theoretical or academic. It aims to be a useful reference for media practitioners and lawyers advising media clients. It also quite extensively considers the historical developments of the regulation of these forms of media in Singapore. In that regard, media enthusiasts may also find this book to be of particular interest.

This book takes into account all the changes in recent years to the Films Act, Broadcasting Act, and Public Entertainments Act. We have strived to state the law as it stood on 1 May 2020.




Benny Tan graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the National University of Singapore and also holds an MPhil in Criminological Research from the University of Cambridge. He has experience as a deputy public prosecutor, as well as a defence counsel. He is currently a Sheridan Fellow at the NUS Faculty of Law, and researches and teaches in criminal justice-related areas of law. He has published articles in both local and international journals, and was appointed by the Supreme Court of Singapore to the Young Amicus Curiae panel in 2016 and 2017. Benny was a video-making enthusiast back when he was studying in secondary school and junior college.


Eleanor Wong started her career with the Commercial Affairs Department, prosecuting complex securities frauds. She obtained a masters in corporate law from New York University in 1990, and thereafter practised in international law firms Coudert Brothers and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, specialising in regional finance transactions. In 2000, she joined leading local media company The Right Angle as a principal, providing communications consultancy and training. In 2002, she returned to her alma mater NUS, where she co-ordinates the Legal Skills Programme and currently serves as Vice Dean, Student Life & Global Relations. Eleanor sits on the Council of the Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore, and has previously served as chairperson. Outside of work, Eleanor is a published playwright and poet.


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