Jentrified – Major socio-political websites and leading activists in Singapore have banded together to denounce the latest legislation announced by MDA which is aimed at silencing critics of the PAP-run government. Many bloggers like myself fully support the protest against MDA’s new rule. We will stay united against the shocking tyranny that is being dished out by this government. Enough is enough of being treated with total disrespect and disregard for our human and civil rights.
MAJOR ONLINE WEBSITES IN SINGAPORE TO PROTEST AGAINST LICENSING REQUIREMENT
The Media Development Authority had, on Tuesday, introduced a “licensing framework” that would require “online news sites” to put up a “performance bond” of $50,000 and “comply within 24 hours to MDA’s directions to remove content that is found to be in breach of content standards”.
As part of the community of websites in Singapore that provide sociopolitical news and analysis to Singaporeans, we are concerned about the impact of the newly-introduced requirement on fellow Singaporeans’ ability to receive diverse news information.
While the S$50,000 performance bond is a drop in the ocean for a mainstream news outlet with an online presence, it would potentially be beyond the means of volunteer run and personal blogging platforms like ours. Hence, MDA’s claim that the licensing regime is intended to equalize the playing field between online and offline news is incorrect:…
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