03 Feb '11, 3am

[TR] Singapore Cracks down on Online Journalism

The Committee to Protect Journalists is protesting an order by the Singapore government to force a journalistic website, The Online Citizen , to register as a political organization, in a move apparently designed to limit political commentary. “Discussing politics does not make a publication a political organization,” said Bob Dietz, the organization’s Asia program coordinator. “Forcing The Online Citizen to register as a political association distorts its role and threatens its ability to cover politics. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is clearly trying to tighten control of media outlets before calling elections.” The Online Citizen has been in business since 2006, covering political issues with a smattering of other news. Attempts by Asia Sentinel to contact the staff have been unsuccessful. There are several other Internet news organizations in Singapore, including the ...

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