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Press Freedom Concerns Abound as Singapore Set to Regulate Online News

Steven Millward

Singapore has a rather woeful record with regards freedom of press, falling to a lowly 149th in a global index of media freedom by Reporters Without Borders in 2012. There are concerns that the situation could get worse with Singaporean authorities set to implement an online media license system which will become active on June 1.

From then onwards, reports Reuters (syndicated to Yahoo Singapore news), major online news outlets that regularly report on Singapore - such as Yahoo Singapore itself - will have to seek this new regulatory approval. Singapore’s Media Development Authority (MDA) says this does not apply to blogs, but a representative told Reuters, "If they take on the nature of news sites, we will take a closer look and evaluate them accordingly".


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