05 Jun '13, 11pm

New regulations in Singapore demand that all websites concerned with the news be licensed

New regulations in Singapore demand that all websites concerned with the news be licensed

SINGAPOREANS live in one of the most wired countries in the world , and as such they are used to receiving gobbets of news on their smartphones and tablets as a daily if not hourly affair. So it was to the dismay of many that the Media Development Authority (MDA) put a draconian new licensing requirement into effect on June 1st. The authority’s purpose would seem to be to tighten its grip on what is already a claustrophobic media environment. The new regulations demand that all websites concerned with the news be licensed, and also that each puts down a “performance-bond” of 50,000 Singapore dollars ($39,550). Any content deemed to be in breach of standards would have to be removed within 24 hours of being notified. This is all in addition to a host of prior regulations, including another licence scheme wherein both internet-service and content providers must follow an off...

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