04 Jun '13, 11pm

Singapore Says Website Licensing Does Not Curtail Online Freedom

Singapore Says Website Licensing Does Not Curtail Online Freedom

The Singapore government’s regulation introduced last week to license news websites does not impede individuals’ freedom of expression online, a minister said. The regulation, an extension of the rules governing print media, is aimed at managing content of news sites mostly run by the same parent companies, Tan Chuan-Jin, Singapore’s acting manpower minister, said yesterday in a televised panel discussion on Channel NewsAsia, the city’s biggest broadcaster. The city-state’s Media Development Authority said certain websites including one run by Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) must get a license and pay a S$50,000 ($40,000) bond to be forfeited if it publishes “prohibited content”that “undermines racial or religious harmony.” The move has drawn the ire of opposition groups who said it could impede the free flow of information and development of media in the country. “A lot of the public ...

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