In order to reassert cultural boundaries, Singapore has revoked the licence of a local Vogue magazine for encouraging “non-traditional families.” According to a statement released on Friday by the Ministry of Communications and Information, Vogue Singapore violated content restrictions four times in the last two years by publishing such material in addition to nudity. After getting a “stern warning” and both actions, the magazine’s one-year publishing licence was changed to a six-month license.
Neither Vogue Singapore nor Media Publishares Pte Ltd., the company that puts out the US fashion magazine in Singapore, responded to requests for comment.
The action was taken less than two months after the city-state announced plans to overturn colonial-era legislation that made sex between men illegal while simultaneously amending the constitution to forbid same-sex unions. The ministry did not offer information on the offences.
A ministry official said that the last time a permit was shortened was in 2014. At that time, the local arts publication Art Republik was punished for two serious violations of the rules about content that was offensive or hurtful to religion.
The education ministry reiterated its plans to uphold the teaching of heterosexual marriage in schools, while the communications ministry stated in August that it would continue to limit LGBT media content to only older audiences.
Although it has loosened restrictions in some areas, such as legalising bar-top dancing in 2003, the Southeast Asian country has long disapproved of promiscuous content. This is done to increase its appeal as a business and travel hub. For featuring sex and nudity, it revoked the licences of the men’s magazine FHM in 1998 and the women’s magazine Cleo in 2008.
Even as it faces challenges from the advent of the internet and shifting attitudes among the youth, Singapore has reinforced its strict stance. This week, a creator on the adult website OnlyFans was punished for sharing pornographic pictures and videos on the internet. This was the first time that a user was found guilty of doing this.