Tag Archives: TRS

TRS BAN SHOWS MDA HAS SCARY UNLIMITED POWERS

Till now, MDA has not provided Singaporeans with a proper explanation for banning The Real Singapore (TRS). Yaacob Ibrahim claims that they have all the evidence but he still hasn’t revealed this evidence to Singaporeans. Unfortunately for Singaporeans, MDA is not required by law to even do something as simple as that.

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MDA IS FAIR TO SHUT DOWN TRS BUT NOT STOMP

I’m not trying to defend MDA here but wish to state my objective view of why TRS should be shut down but not Stomp. The commentators here seem to miss a very important point when they accuse MDA of being “bias”.

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YAACOB IBRAHIM: MDA WAS RIGHT TO SHUT DOWN TRS

Speaking on the sidelines at a Mendaki event today (10 May), the Communications and Information Minister, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, said that MDA “did the right thing” to shut down The Real Singapore (TRS) website. He said the government “is not against the internet”, but it is important to preserve racial and religious harmony.

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STAT BOARD MDA RETRENCHES 33 FULL-TIME STAFF AFTER TRS CLOSURE

Statutory Board Media Development Authority (MDA) has axed 33 full-time staff today, ST has learned. The unprecedented large scale retrenchment exercise in the public sector after the shut down of socio-political The Real Singapore (TRS) has caught Singaporeans and unions off-guard. These laid-off staff were all analysts responsible for monitoring TRS media contents under its media monitoring group.

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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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BERTHA HENSON: MDA’S MOVE AGAINST TRS IS A LEGAL MESS

I was a little puzzled by the Media Development Authority’s order to The Real Singapore to shut down. Not that I would miss TRS. I am puzzled at the way the law and media regulations look like a badly sewn patchwork. The kindest thing I can say about the G’s move is that it is still wondering how to handle the wacky online world.

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ROY NGERNG: MDA IS A HYPOCRITE FOR SHUTTING DOWN TRS

The MDA’s actions of shutting down The Real Singapore has been seen as hypocritical by many Singaporeans, who feel that there are also other websites, such as the above-mentioned ones, which have been conducting their misdeeds but have been allowed to continue to operate. This has given rise to the perception that the People’s Action Party (PAP)-run government is intentionally persecuting The Real Singapore because it is the top “alternative” news website and which has been on the forefront of exposing the misdeeds of the PAP, and that the PAP wants to shut down The Real Singapore to stop it from doing so.

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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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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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