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IMDA throws “bombshell” at TOC’s fundraising efforts by seeking NRIC number for all its donors

After filing a police report on The Online Citizen for a case on alleged criminal defamation, the Info-communications Media Development Authority has dropped yet another “bombshell” on the independent news website this morning. In a letter to TOC, IMDA states that the publication is only allowed to receive contributions from “verified local sources for the provision, management and/or operation of …

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Publication to continue, thanks to public support

On Tuesday last week, The Online Citizen (TOC) went into hiatus after electronic devices belong to the publication and me were seized by the Singapore Police Force under a court order granted to investigate into a case of Criminal Defamation. The alleged offence is in regards to a letter written by a member of public, who called himself, Willy Sum …

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We Need Your Help

It is always an awkward task to ask for money but I am going to do it anyway. I have been contributing articles to The Online Citizen (TOC) for many years. Through its many incarnations, it has always remained steadfast in its commitment to deliver objective and accurate information to the Singaporean public because it believes in the public’s right …

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Clarification on report by Lianhe Zaobao on stance of taking down social media posts and articles

In its report published on Wednesday (28 March), Chinese newspaper Lianhe Zaobao reported on the proceedings of the Select Committee hearing 0n Tuesday (28 March) which had freelance journalist Kirsten Han, Howard Lee, former editor of online news sites, Ngiam Shih-tung, vice-president of MARUAH and me as chief editor of The Online Citizen, as witnesses to present oral evidence on deliberate falsehoods. It …

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TOC’s submission to Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods

Summary This submission argues that Singapore currently possesses more than enough existing laws to deal with falsehoods and their consequences that may affect citizens and therefore, no further legislation needs to be introduced at this time. Furthermore, “falsehoods” as described by the government are highly subjective. Indeed, statements made by the government can at times be also be described as …

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TOC registers with IMDA in accordance to its demand

The Online Citizen has submitted its registration form to Infocomm Media Development Authority – IMDA at 3pm, Friday (23 Feb) in response to its demand to register with the agency to declare all source of fundings and to have the directors and editors to make statuary declaration of their responsibility to the upkeep of the site and content. IMDA has earlier sent …

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TOC’s response to SPF’s post on publication of false allegations

We refer to the Singapore Police Force (SPF)’s post, “FALSE ALLEGATIONS AGA­INST POLICE PUBLISHED­ BY THE ONLINE CITIZE­N” published on its Facebook page on 18 March 2017, 10.11pm. SPF wrote: The Police are aware ­of the article “80-ye­ar-old wheelchair bou­nd man accused of mot­orcycle theft by Sing­apore Police” and the­ allegations against the Police officers o­n the “The Online Cit­izen” …

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Teo Chee Hean avoids TOC, Michael Palmer almost gets away

by Benjamin Cheah Today is a day of firsts. First time I visited a People’s Action Party (PAP) rally as a reporter. First time I saw my current Member of Parliament (MP) and former MPs. First time I got to ask them questions. First time I was evaded by a Cabinet minister. Tonight’s rally was graced by Dr Ahmad bin …

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