MDA ASKS WEBSITE MOTHERSHIP.SG TO REGISTER UNDER BROADCASTING ACT
Social news website Mothership.sg has become the latest to be asked by the Media Development Authority to register with it, which requires it not to receive foreign funding.
Mothership has four full-time staff, counts former foreign minister George Yeo as a contributor, and is backed by a social enterprise known as Project Fisher-Men, which is chaired by civil service veteran Philip Yeo.
In a statement on Thursday, the Media Development Authority (MDA) said it had notified Project Fisher-Men on March 27, to register under the Broadcasting (Class Licence) Notification, which was enacted under Section 9 of the Broadcasting Act.
The MDA said it had assessed that the website meets the registration criteria and it must register by April 11.
This is as it promotes or discusses political issues relating to Singapore, and is “structured as a corporate entity which is deemed to be more susceptible to coming under foreign influence through foreign funding”.
It added that the registration will not in any way affect what mothership.sg can publish on its site.
Other websites that have been asked by MDA to register under this licence are Breakfast Network and The Independent.