Singapore : MDA tells website, The Independent, To register, NOT accept foreign funding

SDP’s lawyer is part of The Independent. Let’s take a look at SDP, its members and their relationships with online-media sites, such as TOC. You also see some organisations with foreign-sounding names which have ties with SDPs. Kumaran Pillai is also “former” SDP member, former TOC Chief Editor, now he is part of The Independent.

By Alan Tay.

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MDA tells website to register, not accept foreign funding

Posted on Jul 29, 2013, by Tessa Wong

A new local news and current affairs website called The Independent, due to launch on Aug 9, has been asked by the Media Development Authority (MDA) to register under the Broadcasting (Class Licence) Notification. It has agreed to comply.

Political websites registered under this legislation are not allowed to receive foreign funding. In a statement released Monday, the MDA said that the Government has “received specific information which gives it cause for concern over foreign interest to fund The Independent”. It did not elaborate.

The Independent, which will be officially launched on Aug 9, has been online since May and describes itself as a site that covers current affairs, economics and politics in Singapore. Among its founders are former The Online Citizen editor Kumaran Pillai, and former Today editor PN Balji. It is owned by local company Protegesoft, whose director is Mr Pillai. The founders said they would release a statement shortly.

The MDA added that The Independent’s registration would “not in any way” affect what it can publish. “However, it will prevent The Independent from being controlled by, or coming under the influence of, foreign entities or funding, and ensure that Singapore politics remain a matter for Singaporeans alone,” it said.

Source link : MDA tells website to register, not accept foreign funding

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Read the full statement from the Media Development Authority here:

Registration of new website to guard against foreign influence on Singapore politics

The Media Development Authority (MDA) has notified the promoters of The Independent (theindependent.sg), a news and current affairs website, to register under the Broadcasting (Class Licence) Notification, which was enacted under Section 9 of the Broadcasting Act. As part of the registration, they will be required to undertake not to receive foreign funding for its provision, management and/or operation.

The promoters of The Independent have agreed to register and to undertake not to accept foreign funding.

The Independent is owned by a locally incorporated company Protegesoft Pte Ltd. Its stated aim is to bring in-depth perspective and analysis on current affairs, economics and politics in Singapore. The Government has received specific information which gives it cause for concern over foreign interest to fund The Independent.

The registration and undertaking will not in any way affect what The Independent can publish on its website. However, it will prevent The Independent from being controlled by, or coming under the influence of, foreign entities or funding, and ensure that Singapore politics remain a matter for Singaporeans alone.

It is a firmly established principle that foreign entities may not engage in Singapore politics.

Foreign interests are not allowed to control or worse to manipulate our local media platforms, which are prime vehicles for political influence. The Newspaper and Printing Page 2 of 2 Presses Act and the Broadcasting Act therefore empower the government to restrict and control the ownership of newspapers and broadcast media.

The need to prevent foreign interests from influencing local politics through the Singaporean media remains the same whether in print, broadcast, or online. When MDA reviews the Broadcasting Act, it will look into incorporating more comprehensive safeguards in the Act to prevent this from happening.

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Source Link : Registration of new website to guard against foreign influence on Singapore politics

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Comments :

  •  Please be careful of their agenda to tear down Singapore.
  • What all this means is Singaporeans need to think seriously, consider what happens if we lose PAP as our Government.
    I am not patronising PAP, but just being sensible. There is no reliable and trustworthy alternative to PAP right now. The facts and evidences are now opened for us to see.
    I can sense a big threat ahead for our economy, our life savings and jobs, if we allow ourselves to be deceived. 
    Many foreign investors and company bosses are asking the question what if PAP lose the GE. They are very worried.
    The future of Singapore is in our hands to decide. If we make the wrong choice and everything falls apart later , there will be no reverse gear. 
    I hope our youth voters understand that a change for the sake of change is wrong thinking. We must not allow ourselves to be manipulated .
  • History has shown us how foreign powers have manipulated to control other countries by proxy.

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  •  Not a less surprise.

by Jong Kian Ee

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