fbpx

Daily Archives: 2014-10-16

Singapore: Space Narrows for Online News Media 

Government Control Grows as More Websites Must Get Onerous Licenses (Bangkok, October 16, 2014) – The government of Singapore’s regulatory actions against two prominent online news websites is a serious setback for freedom of expression on the Internet, Human Rights Watch said today. The Media Development Authority (MDA) ordered The Online Citizen in September 2014 and The Mothership in March to obtain licenses under the Broadcasting …

Read More »

SAF dummy weapons left by side of road

Photos of two anti-tank dummy weapons being left on by the roadside were posted online. The source of the photos is from a thread, "Who left his MATADOR by the roadside?” in popular online chat forum, the Hardwarezone forum. The photos were posted at 12.47pm by "VoteWisely" on Thursday and another commenter within the thread, "Dividend Moderator" commented that the …

Read More »

Fate of “banned” film sealed by condemnations ?

On 2 October 2014, filmmaker Tan Pin Pin re-submitted her film, “To Singapore, With Love”, for classification with the Media Development Authority (MDA). The MDA had originally rated her film “NAR” – “Not Allowed for All Rating”. This means the film is not allowed to be screened in public or be distributed. The MDA later said the film is allowed …

Read More »

Living with Myths and revisiting Singapore’s popular history  

By Terry Xu The banning of “To Singapore With Love” and the corresponding response from the Singapore government toward it would have sparked renewed interest in the history of Singapore. Not all of such interest, however, is directed at the re-print of “The Battle For Merger”, the transcripts of a series of radio broadcasts by former Prime Minister Leee Kuan …

Read More »

Grassroot leader with PBM accused of being ineffective

By TR Emeritus In the Straits Times today (15 Oct), Geylang Serai grassroots adviser and MP Fatimah Lateef put up a notice to congratulate 3 grassroots leaders in her ward for being awarded the Public Service Medal (PBM) by President Tony Tan. A large number of grassroots leaders and members, presumably from Geylang Serai, joined MP Fatimah in congratulating the …

Read More »

Applying for NEA permit means AHPETC accepts permit was needed?

By Howard Lee The third day of the trial between the National Environment Agency (NEA) and Aljunied Hougang Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) saw the town council's chairman, Ms Sylvia Lim take the stand to answer queries on whether AHPETC did indeed believe that a permit was required to run its Lunar New Year event in January this year. In …

Read More »

To launch or not to launch, that is the question

By Property Soul Last night, I asked you whether you are married or not. There was dead air for ten seconds before you replied “I still consider myself single”. I was expecting a simple yes or no answer from you. This marital status question from my heart only offers two options: single or married, or at most with two more …

Read More »

Police to return activist’s note book after lawyer’s demands

The Singapore Police has agreed to return the note book it had seized from Han Hui Hui during an interview on 10 October. Ms Han was being interviewed as part of the police’s investigation into “an offence of unlawful assembly” on 27 September at Hong Lim Park during the fourth “Return Our CPF” protest which Ms Han had organised. She …

Read More »

Nub of the issue – terms used and questionable conditions

By Andrew Loh - The dispute between the opposition Workers’ Party Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) seems to all boil down to two issues – what constitutes a “trade fair”, and the need for a "letter of support" from a grassroots chairman. The meaning or understanding of the term "trade fair" would determine whether …

Read More »

NEA forms “not suitable” for town council event: Sylvia Lim

Chairman of Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC), Sylvia Lim, was in the witness stand as the hearing on summons issued by the National Environment Agency (NEA) to the AHPETC moves into the second day. Ms Lim testified in court on why the town council felt that the application forms which it was required to submit to hold a community event …

Read More »