Docu was withdrawn from Singapore Fest in March '05

The Singapore government has decided not to prosecute helmer Martyn See over his short documentary about an opposition politician. However, he has received a stern warning for violating the 1998 Film Act, which prohibits party political films.

Upon advice from the Board of Film Censors, “Singapore Rebel” was withdrawn from the Singapore Film Festival in March 2005. The 26-minute documentary is about opposition party leader Chee Soon Juan.

Since then, See has been questioned and his video camera and tapes seized.

Police conducted a investigation and have since presented their findings to the Attorney-General’s Chambers. “In consultation with the AGC, a warning has been issued to Mr. See on Aug. 7 in lieu of prosecution for producing a party political film,” said a police statement.

A filmmaker can face a fine or jail if found in violation of the 1998 Films Act, which is set for review.

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