Podcast bypasses Singapore media restrictions

Wow, this is so very cool. To think that podcasting can break through the barriers put up thanks to censorship is just such a great thing to read about. Right the heck on!

An opposition party in Singapore has tested the limits of free speech by launching a podcast on its website denouncing the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) ahead of independence day celebrations.

Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) secretary-general Chee Soon Juan raised such issues as lack of government transparency, high salaries paid to cabinet ministers and other issues in a nine-minute recording.

“The podcast is a way for the party to bypass the state-controlled media in Singapore,” Chee said in a statement.

He said the website recordings – which he christened RadioSDP – will include speeches of party leaders, analyses of political developments, interviews of dissidents living in exile and, later on, call-in programs.

Podcasting is an increasingly popular practice through which audio files are made available on the web by amateurs or non-commercial organisations for listening at the users’ convenience, unlike real-time broadcasting. [Read the rest]