The government had announced a new “licensing framework” to license “online news sites” and subject them to rules such as a $50,000 performance bond and a take down of articles within 24 hours, at the discretion of the Media Development Authority (MDA).
A group of online websites and bloggers protested against the move with a blackout of more than 170 websites, which culminated with a protest last Saturday.
The Heart Truths has also spoken out against Internet censorship in Singapore. It is not in the interest of Singaporeans to have our access to information curbed. This will prevent us from knowing what is going on in our country and to play an active role in our country.
You can watch the video of my protest speech here:
Credit: Cheong Edward
Credit: Matters of Our Heart
You can also read the transcript of the speech here.
To sign the online petition to protect the freedom of the Internet, as well as our right to read, to know and to be informed, you can sign the online petition here.