Current Affairs

Collective effort by citizens and media practitioners outweigh legislation in fighting “fake news” during campaigns preceding Indonesian presidential election

Indonesians across the archipelago took to the polls on Wed (17 Apr) amid heightened Islamic religious conservatism and the proliferation of “fake news” surrounding the Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno presidential candidate pairings prior to this election. This year’s election – which currently sees incumbent President Joko Widodo being re-elected, as he and his running mate lead the …

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British politicians have been asked to sever ties with Singaporean pastor who regards homosexuality a ‘sin’

In 2013, Senior Pastor and Co-Founder of Cornerstone Community Church (CCC), Yang Tuck Yoong’s comments sparked a backlash after he regarded homosexuality an “abomination” during a sermon titled “The Sing of Sodom”. Due to his controversial statement, two British assembly members – Darren Millar and Russell George – were urged to cut their links with the ‘homophobic’ pastor. It appears …

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Singapore still ranked 151 out of 180 in World Press Freedom Index and it’s not surprising why

Once again, Singapore was ranked 151 out 180 in the World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). The survey ranks countries on press freedom which is assessed on several levels including media independence, legislative framework, abuses against the media/reporters, infrastructure and more. Singapore has consistently ranked poorly on this index for the past few years, this time …

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Singapore ranks 151st out of 180 countries on the 2019 World Press Freedom Index

Singapore maintains its ranking in Reporters Without Borders’ (Reporters Sans Frontières – RSF) World Press Freedom Index as the Republic takes the 151st spot again this year. An increase of 0.46 points from 51.41 points last year, however, was also noted. An increase in points indicates a decrease in press freedom, according to the Index. RSF, in its analysis on …

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NUS and SFA investigate latest gastroenteritis incident in student residence, suspends food stall

The National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) are investigating an incident involving five students from the Prince George’s Park House student residence, who had developed symptoms of gastroenteritis last Fri (12 Apr). A spokesperson from the University told The Straits Times yesterday (17 Apr) that NUS has carried out preliminary checks after being informed of …

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