The New MDA Licensing Regime: Keeping Tabs

POSTER[Poster courtesy of Joshua Chiang,]

Here is a timeline of news articles and blog posts related to the new MDA licensing regulations for online news sites, which were announced on Tuesday, 28 May 2013, gazetted on 29 May 2013, and are due to come into effect on 1 June 2013. Here is the media statement released by a community of online writers who oppose the new licensing regime (self included!).

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MEDIA STATEMENT—Major Online Websites In Singapore To Protest Against Licensing Requirement

Thursday, 30 May 2013

 The Media Development Authority had, on Tuesday, introduced a ‘licensing framework’ that would require ‘online news sites’ to put up a ‘performance bond’ of $50,000 and ‘comply within 24 hours to MDA’s directions to remove content that is found to be in breach of content standards’.

As part of the community of websites in Singapore that provide sociopolitical news and analysis to Singaporeans, we are concerned about the impact of the newly-introduced requirement on fellow Singaporeans’ ability to receive diverse news information. Continue reading