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ST’s misleading headline tantamount to defamation as well?

According to news reports, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has sued long time blogger Leong Sze Hian (Leong) over a Facebook (FB) post whereby Leong shared an article published by Malaysian online news media, TheCoverage.my. The article alleged that Singapore and Lee were targets of an investigation in relation to the now infamous 1MDB scandal. The contents of Malaysian article was …

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Filipino news site Rappler and CEO Maria Ressa indicted for tax evasion in an attempt to silence independent media

Philippines independent news site Rappler and its CEO Maria Ressa were formally indicted last week for tax evasion, a move that many consider to be politically motivated and designed to silence independent media in the Philippines. Rappler has long been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte’s ruthless war on drugs that has shocked audiences around the globe. The death toll from …

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Is the States Times Review editor having a case of dissociative identity disorder?

It’s a curious case, this whole STR and Singapore Herald business. On 9th November, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) asked for service providers to restrict access to the States Times Review website for publishing an article linking Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to the 1MDB investigations. After refusing to remove the article, and a failed attempt by the IMDA …

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Pointing the finger at FB is akin to a spoilt child throwing toys

As the Singapore government appears to continue to wage war against “fake news”, a potential fracas has arisen in relation to Facebook’s (FB) refusal to remove a certain post by The States Times Review that is allegedly “fake news”. In response to FB’s refusal, the government has declared that FB’s stance has showed that the social media platform “cannot be …

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No direct correlation between Facebook’s refusal to remove posts and intended regulation

The Ministry of Law has stated in a press release that Facebook’s refusal to take down a controversial States Times Review article which it says is “clearly false, defamatory and attacks Singapore, using falsehoods.” shows shows why legislation is required to protect Singapore from “deliberate online falsehoods.” I don’t agree with Facebook’s (FB) stance not to take down posts that are proven to …

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States Times Review blocked by IMDA after refusing to take down “misleading” and “erroneous” article

For some trying to access States Times Review from their devices, they are now greeted with a blank screen that states, “The website that you are trying to access is unavailable as it contains prohibited material.” The social-political site which is based in Australia had earlier been ordered to take down an article entitled, “Lee Hsien Loong becomes 1MDB’s key investigation …

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IMDA declares States Times Review article “baseless and defamatory”; orders a takedown

The Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) has declared that the controversial article published on Monday (5 Nov) on States Times Review (STR) is “baseless and defamatory,” and has subsequently ordered a takedown of the article by 5pm on today (9 Nov). In its press release, IMDA justified the order on the grounds that the article has “undermined public confidence in the …

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North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun more popular than Singapore’s Straits Times

The Straits Times published a news report saying that it “continues to be Singapore’s best read newspaper”. Quoting the latest annual Singapore Media Index Report released by Nielsen, ST said that 29.8 per cent of Singapore residents aged 15 and above read ST everyday. “It marks a percentage point improvement from last year,” ST proudly proclaimed. However, when compared with …

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