all the cats have shown up...
all the cats have shown up...
I don't think it is a crack down.
The bigger picture behind this, is the tussle between:
Established news organisations with reporters/editors with journalistic principles to follow
Social media where anyone & everyone says his opinion in a blog sometimes without solid research and also without the responsibility of representing a major newspaper
I think its disguised censorship.. of course there are issues like irresponsible journalism, FUD, etc
But is censorship the right approach to this? How about educating the people to distinguish and interpret the news.
This is a very short sighted, short term solution
Btw I like yahoo news sg
not sure if Media Suppression Authority or Development Authority.
we should have had a major overhaul in 2011
The MDA also responded to socio-political website The Online Citizen’s (TOC) claim that its current reach meets the licensing criteria, citing its internal data. “TOC does not currently fall within the online licensing framework. Should MDA determine later that they ought to be individually licensed, they will be notified,” the MDA spokesman said.
In other words, now no does not mean future no. Up to MDA to decide.
Good rule of law is a set of rules that have well defined boundaries.
the rule of law is abridged when the government attempts to punish someone for violating a vague or poorly worded law. Ill-defined laws confer too much discretion upon government officials who are charged with the responsibility of prosecuting individuals for criminal wrongdoing.
Another theory.. maybe the minister just found out MDA people have nothing to do in office, so he drafted this scheme for them to monitor
At least now they can read yahoo news sg all day and don't have to come up with an excuse
Mr. Brown has sought clarification. See his website.
If your online media/facebook page/blog/(and whatever you want to call it), etc... fits the two conditions:The MDA said the new regulation did not apply to blogs, though adding: "If they take on the nature of news sites, we will take a closer look and evaluate them accordingly."
it will invite a closer look and be evaluated accordingly....... if they (i) report an average of at least one article per week on Singapore’s news and current affairs over a period of two months, and (ii) are visited by at least 50,000 unique IP addresses from Singapore each month over a period of two months.
Having said that, I still think it is OK and feel that there is nothing sinister about it.
Last edited by ricohflex; 30th May 2013 at 10:00 PM.
Reporting on STI Index = reporting on Singapore news???
This new rule is not aimed at large established foreign media organisations like BBC or CNN, with their own colossal journalistic resources; and who would already be licensed if it was necessary.
It is aimed at the small currently unlicensed media websites that:
(i) report an average of at least one article per week on Singapore’s news and current affairs over a period of two months, and (ii) are visited by at least 50,000 unique IP addresses from Singapore each month over a period of two months.
Last edited by ricohflex; 1st June 2013 at 12:27 PM.
Oppression of information again...
if cannot shut down the alternative websites
must shut them up...
Finland is an excellent example of high trust in public institutions and where press freedom is high. They are not mutually exclusive.
Wise man tell me:
"If you don't stink
you won't need so much perfume"
Last edited by kei1309; 1st June 2013 at 03:00 PM.