Tag Archives: The Real Singapore

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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TRS EDITOR APPLIES TO LEAVE SG AFTER FATHER FALLS GRAVELY ILL IN AUSTRALIA

One of the two editors being alternative media outlet The Real Singapore (TRS) is applying to leave Singapore to visit his gravely ill father in Australia. His lawyer Mr Choo Zheng Xi applied for Yang to leave Singapore and the application was heard by District Judge Eddy Tham. According to Choo, the doctor's prognosis on his client's father on Sunday afternoon was that he could die within 48 to 72 hours. The 55-year-old suffered a stroke on May Day and has been gravely ill ever since.

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TRS BAN REFLECTS MDA’S LIGHT TOUCH FOR INTERNET CONTENT

“At the end of the day, nobody is truly anonymous on the Internet. If they break severe enough laws, wherever they are they can be hunted down and international arrest warrants issued,” said Mr Cheng, a member of the Media Literacy Council. Socio-political websites that operate within Singapore’s laws and social norms have nothing to fear, he added.

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DOUBLE STANDARDS: WHY SHUT DOWN TRS AND NOT GOVT-OWNED STOMP?

The MDA has ordered The Real Singapore to cease operations with effect of 8 PM tonight. They cited that TRS was responsible for "fabricating stories to create disharmony in Singapore" and "inciting xenophobia". In other news, Stomp Straits Times, which is equally notorious for fabricating stories and inciting xenophobia will be operating as usual. If the government were truly serious about protecting our social fabric, they would shut down STOMP as well, but they clearly have no intentions on doing so.

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ROY NGERNG: TIME FOR SINGAPOREANS TO FIGHT BACK & FIGHT FOR TRS

We want to wait for someone else to give us the news. We do not want to step up and fight. We want to wait for someone else to fight for us. We know Singapore is going down the drain, with the way the PAP is running the country, but we choose to be too scared to do anything. Why? Why are we still waiting for someone else to do something for us? Why? The PAP dares to shut The Real Singapore down because it knows it can. It knows that you won't stand up and fight back. And now, are we still sitting down while the PAP laughs at us and laugh themselves to the bank?

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MEDIA DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY COMMANDS TRS WEBSITE TO SHUT DOWN BY TONIGHT

In an unprecedented move, socio-political website The Real Singapore (TRS), known for posting articles with a xenophobic slant, has been ordered to stop posting articles on their website and social media platforms with immediate effect, and to cease operations by 8pm today (May 3). They have up to seven days from today to provide information relating to TRS’ operations and to make representations as to why their licence should not be cancelled, failing which the MDA can ban the website.

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WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO SINGAPORE IF TRS EDITORS ARE CONVICTED OF SEDITION?

Do we want to set a precedent where anybody complaining about this type of encounter or making generalizations can be arrested, charged, found guilty and potentially jailed for sedition? If the couple are convicted of sedition on all these charges, all our local forums can just shut down already. I see this type of complaint daily online.

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TRS EDITOR AI TAKAGI VOWS TO KEEP FREE SPEECH WEBSITE “THE REAL SINGAPORE” ALIVE

Despite facing a possible jail term of up to 21 years and $35,000 in fines, Australian Ms Ai Takagi, the administrator of ‘The Real Singapore’ (TRS) has vowed to keep the website going in a city state that she said “stifles dissenting voices”. The 22-year-old final year law student at the University of Queensland and her boyfriend, 26-year-old Singaporean Robin Yang Kai Heng were each slapped with 7 charges of Sedition and and 1 count of failing to comply with a police order on Tuesday

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SEDITION CHARGES AGAINST TRS ARE BASELESS AND MUST BE DROPPED

The Government has charged the two people supposedly behind The Real Singapore (TRS) with 7 counts of sedition. It claims that they published seditious articles which promoted ill will and hostility between different races of people in Singapore. But these charges are entirely without foundation and they should be dropped. Even if people have legitimate concerns to raise, they now have to consider whether they can get prosecuted for having the potential to cause ill will or hostility. This is even if they have no intention of doing so, and even if their comments are made in good faith. This is a step backwards for freedom of speech in Singapore.

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EX-TRS EDITOR ALEX TAN: PM LEE MUST DISCHARGE THOSE YOUTHS CHARGED WITH SEDITION

I am writing in to express my disdain for the Sedition Charge made against editors of The Real Singapore and, more importantly, the state of this country you are making into. Please take the time to reflect on the direction you are bringing Singapore into. Singapore is first world on many fronts, but it is disappointingly third world in relation to other hallmarks of a first world society like freedom of expression, democracy and press independence.

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