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POFMA to take effect starting 2 Oct

The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) will take effect starting Wed (2 Oct), five months after Parliament had passed the legislation in May, according to the Government Gazette on Tue (1 Oct). The notice reiterates that the Info-communications Media Development Authority has been appointed as the “Competent Authority” under the Act by the Minister for Communications and …

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Cherian George criticises Straits Times for supporting the government’s move in attacking independent journalists in Singapore

Professor Cherian George, a prominent professor of Media Studies and former member of the Media Literacy Council, took to his Twitter on Friday (27 September) to criticise the Straits Times (ST) for standing behind the government in attacking independent journalists in Singapore. “The Straits Times is supporting the #Singapore government’s attack on independent journalists, not for lack of professional ability …

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ST Editor says important to have “unvarnished” reporting while his predecessor tells a different story

At the Real News Matters journalism forum held at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central last Saturday (28 Sep), Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Chief Editor Warren Fernandez told the audience that journalists play a critical role amid a proliferation of fake news and views existing today. With misinformation on the rise, journalists play a crucial role in providing …

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Facebook tightens political advert rules for Singapore

Facebook on Thursday introduced strict criteria for political ads on the social network in Singapore to prevent the spread of misinformation as the city-state gears up for elections. Faced with criticism the site has been used to manipulate polls, Facebook has been tightening rules on such adverts around the world, from the United States to India. Those advertising in Singapore …

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Reporters Without Borders’ latest report entitled “Newspapers that never arrive” sheds light on how governments, state institutions, powerful oligarchs, and corporations obstruct print media distribution.

As print media publishers and distributors from all over the world gathered in Berlin, from 22nd till 25th September, for the annual Distripress congress, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released its latest report, entitled “Newspapers that never arrive,” which sheds light on how governments, state institutions, powerful oligarchs, and corporations obstruct print media distribution. Instead of silencing journalists or preventing them …

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HardwareZone forum thread on the appointment of MAS’ Chief Fintech Officer as advisor to Indian state govt gets deleted

On 19 September (Thursday), TOC published an article stating that the Chief Fintech Officer of Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Mr Sopnendu Mohanty, has been appointed as the “well-known development strategist and financial expert” for the Indian state government of Odisha. This news came to light after Times of India reported it, and added that Mr Mohanty will enjoy the …

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ST article on grey area between “innocent sharing” or breaching Official Secrets Act – informative or cautionary?

In light of the “viral”, instantaneous sharing culture on social media where visual evidence of incidents or events can be shared in a single tap, individuals may be treading on thin ice in relation to the Official Secrets Act (OSA). The Straits Times on last Fri (13 Sep) cautioned members of the public against “violating the OSA, accidentally or otherwise” …

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