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HELP SAVE THE ONLINE CITIZEN

The Online Citizen is Singapore’s longest-running independent online media platform. Our aim is to examine the issues that matter, or should matter, to Singaporeans and to reflect the diversity of life, of ideas and opinions, that is Singapore. We believe that Singapore’s future is best served by having an informed and involved citizenry that has access to a wide range of sources of news and views and an open and vibrant environment in which to share and to debate ideas and opinions. The Online Citizen was set up to help create such an environment, and that is what we continue to work towards.

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POLICE INVESTIGATING CLAIMS OF COP ABUSE DURING NIGHTCLUB RAID

The police are investigating a complaint that its officers physically abused a 41-year-old Singaporean man during a spot check conducted at a nightclub on Friday morning (Apr 3). The allegation was first reported by sociopolitical website The Online Citizen (TOC) on Sunday. It posted photos of businessman Lim Chin Huat with injuries on his face and a bandaged arm, as well as a 37-second video clip showing officers trying to get a handcuffed Mr Lim into a police car.

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OPPOSITION VETERAN: ALTERNATIVE MEDIA SITES MUST UNITE & BALANCE MSM INFLUENCE

The influence of NM and MSM has attained equal status. When the survey asks their interviewees where they get their information and news from, NM and MSM have equal share. This situation poses a tremendous challenge to PAP's continue dominance of political power. I sincerely hope that all NM like TRE, TRS and TOC will unite and defend this piece of land of Freedom for all Singaporeans. Without the balancing influence of NM, it will be almost impossible for Singapore to advance the dream of building a more democratic system. Hold on there, TRS! Hold on there, TOC!

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SOCIOPOLITICAL WEBSITE THE ONLINE CITIZEN SHOULD REBRAND ITSELF TO EARN MORE ADVERTISING DOLLARS

If the TOC readership consists of Singaporeans critical of PAP policies and its ‘non-western standard’ illiberal democracy model, then who are those who would advertise on TOC to reach out to these group of readers? I suspect they are NGOs, Human Rights Groups or local political parties. TOC is perceived as a political website hence they are not attractive to local advertisers (i.e: Banks) with deep pockets. TOC appears to comply with MDA’s request grudgingly because it felt its growth was inhibited by MDA’s “excessive” foreign funding concerns. Clearly, TOC statements have suggested its difficulties in securing local funds for sustainability and profitability.

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SOCIO-POLITICAL WEBSITE TOC SUBMITS REGISTRATION FORMS TO MDA

The Opinion Collaborative (TOC Ltd) on Monday (Nov 10) said it had submitted its registration forms to the Media Development Authority (MDA), in compliance with the Broadcasting (Class Licence) Notification of the Broadcasting Act. In September, the MDA said it had assessed the TOC website, The Online Citizen, and found that it engages in the propagation, promotion or discussion of political issues relating to Singapore. It added that TOC Ltd is "susceptible to foreign influence through the receipt of foreign funding", and would require to register "to uphold the principle that politics must remain a matter for Singapore and Singaporeans alone".

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MDA WATCHDOG TELLS COMPANY MANAGING SOCIOPOLITICAL SITE THE ONLINE CITIZEN TO REGISTER

The Media Development Authority (MDA) has asked the company that is managing socio-political website The Online Citizen to register under a class licensing Act. In a press statement on Tuesday, the MDA said it has "notified The Opinion Collaborative Ltd (TOC Ltd), the corporate entity behind The Online Citizen (TOC), to register under the Broadcasting (Class Licence) Notification. The website itself had been gazetted as a political association in 2011, requiring all its donations to be declared. This also means it can only receive funding from Singaporeans.

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