31 May '13, 11am

MDA’s belated “assurances”: Don’t let your guard down

data-text=”MDA’s belated “assurances”: Don’t let your guard down” data-url=”http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2013/05/mdas-belated-assurances-dont-let-your-guard-down/” data-via=”" > Share By Choo Zheng Xi / Co-Founder For and on behalf of The Online Citizen After facing a wall of public anger, MDA has tried to explain away the most sweeping limitations to Singaporeans’ constitutionally protected right to free speech by issuing belated and non-binding assurances today. Before we examine these “assurances”, let’s do a brief recap. The MDA has succeeded in gazetting legislation that has re-defined the plain English understanding of what a “news program” is. Under MDA doublespeak (which is now enshrined in law), a Singapore news program is defined as everything : “any programme (whether or not the programme is presenter-based and whether or not the programme is provided by a th...

Full article: http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2013/05/mdas-belated-assu...

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