Please see below for our letter to the Straits Times forum on the recent changes to the Broadcasting Act by the Media Development Authority.
The blogging community – collectively called #FreeMyInternet will be organising a protest and online blackout next week against the new licensing requirements imposed by the Media Development Authority, which requires “online news sites” to put up a “performance bond” of $50,000 and “comply within 24 hours to MDA’s directions to remove content that is found to be in breach of content standards”.
To RSVP, visit the Facebook event page below.
Democracy is more of a culture than a way of governing or a political system. It is a historical process that must go through its evolution. No country can be a quasi democracy. It is in fact democratic people that make a society democratic, says Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi
Read her article at the link below.
This letter was sent to ST Forum on 2 May 2013, but was not published.
The Straits Times
We refer to the joint statement by the Ministry of Manpower and Ministry of Home Affairs (“Joint Response to Media Queries on Statements by NGOs/individuals and Former SMRT Driver He Junling”, 26 April 2013.) The statement accuses the NGOs and individuals involved in the SMRT drivers’ case of “hindering the investigation while continuing to cast aspersions on the integrity of the police.” It also claims that the NGOs and individuals have exploited vulnerable foreign workers for their own political ends. Read the rest of this entry »
This letter was sent to ST Forum on 30 April 2013, but was not published.
The Straits Times
We refer to the reply “No to exploiting NGOs/VWOs for Political Ends” from the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and note with thanks Mr Ho’s response on behalf of the government.
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Please see below for MARUAH’s letter to the Straits Times forum.
27 April 2013
I REFER to the statement by Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim to the effect that money given by the state to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) should not be used “for the purpose of creating a platform for people to be involved in partisan politics” (“AMP director quits, alleging official pressure”; Wednesday). Read the rest of this entry »
Join us at a public forum to discuss the recent SMRT strike, and its impact on human rights in Singapore.
Date & Time: 21 April 2013, 2.30pm
Location: conclave, 40 Tras Street [map]
RSVP at the Facebook event page here.
Seating is on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. Please arrive early for best seating.
Hosted by: Maruah Singapore, Think Centre, Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) & Workfair Singapore