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Commentary: Almost one year on, what has livestreaming of Parliament achieved?


SINGAPORE: Since Jan 4, the general public has been capable of watch the proceedings in Singapore’s Parliament as they unfold, even when few may need lasted by means of the 10-hour marathon periods in September and October.

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This has raised the extent of public engagement within the governance course of and improved the standard of knowledge and argumentation in our legislature.

It absolutely, additionally chastened our legislators to keep up integrity and dignity of their strategy to the thrust and parry of parliamentary debate.

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Unfiltered, the livestream hosted by the Ministry of Communications and Information was initially regarded as a nasty concept – for concern it might feed the grandstanding, looking for to impress quite than persuade with rigorous, rational deliberation.

Far higher, it was thought, to depart it to skilled journalists. They would highlight key debates and selections, disciplined by the constraints of time and conciseness, and be guided by a “nation-building” ethos anticipated of them.

Of course, this has lengthy been overtaken by netizens and citizen journalists crafting what they suppose folks ought to actually be studying and considering.

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Audiovisual recordings and transcripts of parliamentary proceedings stay obtainable for record-keeping and deep evaluation.

So, what distinction has the livestreaming of parliamentary periods made on nationwide discourse?

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CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN REAL TIME

First, the dwell medium has lent immediacy to the reactions and responses of the general public to parliamentary enterprise. This is a lesser evil than the apathy or cynicism of residents.


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