MCI shortens permit for Vogue Singapore over content guideline breaches: report

The front page of a Vogue magazine.
The front page of a Vogue magazine. (PHOTO: Reuters/George Georgiopoulos)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) has shortened the permit of fashion magazine Vogue Singapore and issued it a stern warning, after repeated breaches of content guidelines.

A ministry spoksperson told The Straits Times that it had revoked the magazine's one-year permit from Thursday (13 October). Vogue Singapore has since reapplied, and MCI has issued it a six-month permit instead.

"(Vogue Singapore) had breached the content guidelines for local lifestyle magazines on four occasions within the past two years, for nudity and content that promoted non-traditional families," MCI said in its reply.

The ministry added that during the period of Vogue Singapore's breaches, the content guidelines have remained the same, and the magazine is required to comply with these guidelines as part of its permit conditions.

These conditions include not undermining prevailing social norms.

MCI last shortened permit in 2014

According to The Straits Times, the last time a permit was shortened was when action was taken against local arts magazine Art Republik in 2014, for two severe breaches of content guidelines for religiously insensitive and denigrative content.

There were two earlier cases - women's magazine Cleo in 2008 and men's magazine Singapore FHM in 1998 - where magazines had committed repeated breaches pertaining to content on sex, nudity and the promotion of promiscuity and a permissive lifestyle.

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