Monthly Archives: May 2013

MDA’s belated “assurances”: Don’t let your guard down

By Choo Zheng Xi / Co-Founder For and on behalf of The Online Citizen After facing a wall of public anger, MDA has tried to explain away the most sweeping limitations to Singaporeans’ constitutionally protected right to free speech by issuing belated and non-binding assurances today. Before we examine these “assurances”, let’s do a brief recap. The MDA has succeeded …

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SPP's statement on MDA's licensing regime for websites

  Statement from the Singapore People's Party The SPP views the Media Development Authority's latest licensing regime for websites with grave concern. We find it even more worrying that the regulations were not brought for debate in Parliament, the body of elected representatives of the people. As such, NCMP Mrs Lina Chiam has filed an adjournment motion to speak on …

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The MDA Licensing Issue – Can’t We All Just Get Along?

  By Winston Tay, The Blogfather It’s caused a disturbance in the force. Online alternative media outlets, a couple of political parties and even a number of bloggers – parent bloggers included – have been sitting up for the last two days watching the commentary between the government and, well, us, over the latest Media Development Authority (MDA) licensing regulations that will take effect in just …

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NTUC dissatisfied with non-unionised companies? Are workers satisfied?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “Few non-unionised firms heed pay guide” (Straits Times, May 31). NTUC not happy with non-unionised companies? It states that “the labour movement has come out to say it is dissatisfied with the number of non-unionised firms that heeded last year’s recommendations. 2 in 10 unionised companies did not give $50? While some …

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MDA’s licensing regime: why YOU should care

By Choo Zheng Xi/co-Founder, TOC If you’re reading this article, I want you to know that the new MDA licensing regime could potentially affect you. If you read practically anything online, the licensing regime is likely to affect the content you view and the independence with which it is written. If you run a website, you better hope that it …

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Major online websites in Singapore to protest against licensing requirement

MEDIA STATEMENT Thursday, 30 May 2013 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 …

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NEA vs AHPETC: Who to believe?

  By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “NEA says town councils responsible for paying contractors to erect scaffolding” (Channel NewsAsia, May 30). NEA says town council’s responsibility? It states that “The National Environment Agency (NEA) said all town councils have always been responsible for paying contractors to erect scaffolding where required to clean walls, fans, lighting exhaust …

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SDP regrets Govt's move to license news websites

  Press Release from Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) It is with deep regret that the SDP learns that the Government is going to amend the Broadcasting Act to require news websites to register with the Media Development Authority. This is a regressive step which will have the effect of impeding the free flow of information and the development of a …

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NSP: New Internet Media Regulation a Step Backwards

Press release from National Solidarity Party (NSP) The National Solidarity Party (NSP) is deeply concerned by the Media Development Authority's (MDA) announcement on the 28th of May, of a new regulatory regime for internet media companies that regularly report on Singapore news. It is puzzling that at a time when it should be promoting more open and frank discussion about …

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TOC’S FURTHER RESPONSE TO MDA’S LICENSING REGIME

We refer to the MDA’s comments in The Straits Times today. The comments state that TOC does not, at present, meet the new licensing requirements for online news sites announced yesterday. MDA’s failure to explain application of licensing criteria MDA’s statement fails to explain why the requirements do not apply to TOC at present, while hinting obliquely that they could …

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