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IMDA Imposes $5,500 Financial Penalty on Mediacorp for Breaching the Video-On-Demand Programme Code

An episode of Toggle’s Chinese-language web drama series carried an offensive remark has breached the Video-On-Demand Programme Code.

SINGAPORE – 4 May, 2017: The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has imposed a financial penalty of $5,500 on Mediacorp Pte Ltd (Mediacorp) for breaching the Video-On-Demand Programme Code.

An episode of Toggle’s Chinese-language web drama series “I Want To Be A Star”, which was first made available for viewing on 5 September 2016, carried an offensive remark by one of the characters who said that Indians and Africans were the same and that it would make no difference casting an Indian as an African in a TV production. The segment also featured a Chinese male actor with “blackface” makeup role-playing an African.

IMDA assessed that the segment was racially insensitive and constituted racial stereotyping that might offend certain segments of the community. IMDA notes that Mediacorp promptly removed the offensive segment from the Episode and has taken remedial action to prevent a recurrence.


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YUEN Hui Tian (Ms)
Assistant Manager, Regulatory Communications, IMDA
DID: (65) 6202 4416

Winston CHAI (Mr)
Deputy Director, Regulatory and Corporate Communications, IMDA
DID: (65) 6202 4407


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