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EX-NMP CALVIN CHENG: GVT SHOULD NOT BE FUNDING ART, LEAVE THAT TO PRIVATE DONORS

Ex-NMP Calvin Cheng thinks that the Government should stay out of making decisions on whether they should be funding art. This is especially since the government will receive backlash anyway - if it wants to fund, it has to come up with strict criteria but if it does not fund, it will be accused of censorship. What do you think?

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POPULAR HWZ FORUM MODERATOR FORCED TO STEP DOWN AFTER INSULTING PAP MINISTER AS SCUM

Kiwi8, a popular moderator at Hardwarezone forum was forced to step down after a rabid PAP supporter complained that he had referred to Minister Shanmugam as scum in the past. The moderator bid a tearful goodbye to edmwers as he accepted the punishment. Some have wondered if this is part of greater censorship against netizens who do not have politically correct views.

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HUMAN RIGHTS NGO: APOLOGY TO LAW MINISTER IS SETBACK FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Donald Low’s apology to Singapore’s Law Minister K Shanmugam is another setback for freedom of expression and will reinforce self-censorship. In a facebook post last month, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public policy academic criticized the Minister’s remarks, reported in Today, that penalties for crime need to reflect public opinion. Networks of power are so far reaching and deeply entrenched in Singapore it is easy for any politician of the PAP, especially a senior one to wield his influence.

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FACEBOOK RESTORES POSTING BY HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST HAN HUI HUI

Human rights activist Han Hui Hui has successfully petitioned Facebook to restore her posting about the inhumane treatment of prisoners in Singapore prisons, which was deleted because of IBs who reported her post without reason. Facebook had banned her from posting for 12 hours because of their incessant reporting of her account and post.

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SG DEMOCRATS: ...AND THEY SHUT DOWN TRS FOR BEING IRRESPONSIBLE

“Smile,” a journalist encouraged as he interviewed Cheng whose minders sat just out of camera range. “Place your hands on the armrest”, “Cross your legs”, “Relax your shoulders”, “Look happy.” Several takes were necessary to capture the right mood for the cameras. The following day, state media headlines screamed: "I CONFESS" But it is The Real Singapore website that is engaging in irresponsible reporting and shut down.

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SINGAPORE ONCE HAD A FREE & VIBRANT PRESS

It wasn’t always this way. The media in Singapore wasn’t always state-controlled. We didn’t always have the Newspaper and Printing Presses Act (NPPA). Our newspapers were not always run by a behemoth, monopolistic publisher whose key senior appointments are government-approved people and the biggest stakeholders are government-linked.

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FREEMYINTERNET GROUP: MDA MUST CEASE PUNITIVE ACTIONS AGAINST TRS

The FreeMyInternet group expresses our complete and utter disappointment at the Media Development Authority’s (MDA) action in censoring The Real Singapore (TRS), call for this arbitrary and unsubstantiated action to be revoked immediately, and for MDA to come clean on its processes and standards as a regulatory body. While not all of us might necessarily agree with TRS’s editorial direction or content, what TRS is alleged to have done is no reason for MDA to force a shutdown on the site.

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