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S’poreans agree using an anonymous spokesperson is akin to terrorism

S’poreans agree using an anonymous spokesperson is akin to terrorism

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Anonymity will cause extremism.

Massacre Decimate Arserape

Massacre Decimate Arserape

Singaporeans from all walks of life are living their lives in fear.

This after they repeatedly notice that the MDA (whose acronym could mean Massacre Decimate Arserape) relies on an anonymous spokesperson to give comments without giving his/ her real name.

This is in opposition to the government’s stand that nobody can be anonymous, because not giving a real name is akin to terrorism.

One Singaporean, Kong Bu Fenzhi, said: “Being anonymous will lead to extreme behaviour as the cloak of anonymity will embolden the extremism.”

MDA to license Sun TV after they refuse to apologise for 50% real news

MDA to license Sun TV after they refuse to apologise for 50% real news

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India’s Sun TV will have to fill in forms on paper and submit in two weeks’ time.

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The MDA of Singapore (whose acronym can mean Murder Decimate Arserape) is asking India’s Sun TV news to license or else it cannot report news ever again.

This after the Sun TV India news programme aired a 50% real news report about the Little India riot on Sunday in Singapore in which they claimed an Indian man died after he was pushed off a bus by a woman.

And two vehicles caught fire after that.

An MDA spokesperson, who is always anonymous, said: “We have sent India’s Sun TV the 5,984 pages of forms to fill in and they are expected to reply in two weeks.”

“If they don’t fill in the form and reply in 14 days, it means they want to close down because they don’t know how to operate a news organisation.”

MDA $50,000 licensing: Authorities turning its trust into thrusts

MDA $50,000 licensing: Authorities turning its trust into thrusts

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Authorities are back to their thrusting ways, but will Singaporeans take things lying down?

Massacre Decimate Arserape

Massacre Decimate Arserape

In the mainstream media as of late, there has been plenty of news about how public trust in institutions have been eroding in a drip, drip, drip fashion.

Many reasons were cited, but none of which makes sense because Kishore Mahbubani’s picture appeared alongside the reports, hence, rendering everything laughable.

But it now appears that the focus of trust is being shifted back onto the Singapore authorities, who are dropping their trusting ways — for more of their thrusting ways.

This change of tack is understandable. Websites are running amok, providing the increasingly incredulous populace with credible information (even if it is wrong) and filling the void vacated long ago by the mainstream media — the powerhouses of publishing and broadcasting, which has over the years, become increasingly more interested in running condominium advertisements, full-page NTUC grocery discounts and inconsequential bullshit.

Alternative media websites, grudgingly and without fail, have been picking up their slack.

Authorities are now stipulating that websites with 50,000 visitors and reporting on local affairs (such as what Lee Hsien Loong is having for dinner) have to put up a $50,000 bond and adhere to rules — something which is as arcane and unheard of to the online community as hunting for sabre-toothed tigers is to you and me.

Singaporeans, gladly, are defiant and not taking things lying down.

They will prove that the authorities’ new found thrusts are mere posturing, like a sexually frustrated eunuch confronting arresting images of sexually attractive women. And men.

And they can never get what they want.

One Singaporean, Phua Nin Neh, said: “Websites can go to hell. We will use Facebook to disseminate information then. If they clamp down on Facebook, we will go back to using pigeons. If they clamp down on pigeons, we will use smoke signals like the First Nations people.”

“They can take our lives, but they will never take away our freedom!” he said, channeling William Wallace a.k.a. Mel Gibson from Braveheart.

However, other Singaporeans are opting to be more realistic about what is happening.

Jin Suay Diao, a local, said: “It is pointless to be talking about the authorities and how they’re replacing trust with thrusts. We all know they have short penises anyways.”

New ratings for movies issued

New ratings for movies issued

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The Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts has drawn up a list of new ratings for movies that do not fall into the existing categories between G and R21. This is to keep the ratings system in line with the changing values of society.

“People have become increasingly intolerant of offensive racial, sexual, and beastial remarks. So being a super efficient government, we felt the film ratings should respect the collective hate mob by cutting these racist bigots from mainstream society,” said a MICA spokesperson.

The first victim to this new scheme is local filmmaker and former Straits Times reporter Ken Kwek, whose arthouse porno, Sex.Violence.FamilyValues, was given the “Not Allowed for all Ratings” rating. The film was previously given an M18 film classification and was due to be screened in a few days time. Now, it will only be torrented among hipsters and Sylvia Ratonel fans.

According to an MDA statement: “An overwhelming majority of the panel members have expressed that the film should not be allowed for public exhibition in view of its overt racial references, which are remaining and offensive to Indians.”

It is not known if self-proclaimed saviour of all indignant minorities Lionel De Souza was involved in the panel, or if there were Malays protesting about the lack of representation in the film, which features an Indian porn star and an Ah Beng film director.

New Nation spotted some Indians protesting about the new rating

but according to the MDA panel, which are made up of members of the public representing the spectrum of Singaporeans, these Indians who can take a joke are an insignificant bunch.

Meanwhile, MICA has released three other ratings to differentiate films further.

Selectively Messy:

Such films showcase the best of Singapore’s creative industry and has a strong focus on street art. Though this category has not been used yet, it is believed that Jack Neo’s next film about graffiti artists painting the portraits of their MPs at the void deck will be handed with this rating.

Run DMC (Danger to brain cells):

Such films, such as Greedy Ghost, The Ghost Must be Crazy and 2359 exist for the sole purpose of keeping NSmen brainless, and nostalgic about the times in the jungle when thinking was unnecessary. Such films are essential to keeping the backbone of the country — staffed with mindless drones — obedient and functional.

Government endorsed: 

Manly Mediacorp star Tay Ping Hui recently released a 13-min short film as part of MediaCorp’s TesTube project, an initiative to yank the national broadcaster out from their time warp, where they’ve been stuck since the 1980s. Such films enjoy the use of national television for distribution, and more promotion from Mediacorp’s print, online and radio platforms.

Singapore bans April Fool’s jokes

Singapore bans April Fool’s jokes

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Media Development Authority warns of legal consequences for publications that defy the ban, reports CBS Breaking News.

SINGAPORE (CBSBN) – The Singaporean authorities have announced a ban on April fool’s jokes in the media.
In a memorandum circulated to television broadcasting stations, radio stations, and newspaper publications by the Media Development Authority (MDA), the authorities warned media outlets against running fake stories for the purposes of entertainment.

“The integrity of the media comes into question when quality standards are abandoned recklessly in favor of inappropriate jocularity. False reporting undermines the trustworthiness of news itself and leads to the decay of the social fabric,” the statement circulated by the MDA read.

Media outlets were told to stick to business as usual on April Fool’s Day.

“No media center in Singapore shall under any circumstances disseminate fabricated or otherwise baseless news items on April 1, or any other day.”

News organizations in Western countries have a tradition of including humorous satirical pieces on April Fool’s Day.

Read full report here.

The Online Citizen will carry on

The Online Citizen will carry on

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But the prospects of registering and being gazetted is a reality they will grudgingly accept.

By Terence Lee

Red is hardly the right colour to use if you want to tell readers to stay calm. So we changed it to blue. Taken without permission.

YOU KNOW how it’s like to work under a terrible paymaster. You’re only staying on because you believe in the work you’re doing. Just ask the journalists at the Singapore Press Holdings or MediaCorp, who frequently grumble about the censorship that occurs within the newsroom.

The analogy, while imperfect, describes the situation facing The Online Citizen, a prominent socio-political blog in Singapore. Just today, they announced that they will carry on despite being gazetted by the Prime Minister’s Office. They will also register with the Media Development Authority.

But TOC is still taking a combative stance: They have written to the Prime Minister requesting to reverse his decision. If that fails, they will demand further explanation from him.

“We believe that the decision to gazette was unreasonable, arbitrary and incorrect, and was borne of political paranoia,” said the press release.

It added: “We are not sure what his response will be. While we remind the Prime Minister of his promise for a more open Singapore, we will not hold our breath.”

P N Balji, the former editorial director at MediaCorp, does not see registration as a death knell for The Online Citizen.

“If TOC believes in what it is doing, then it should not give up. It will face a squeeze on funding. But that is life in Singapore,” said the veteran journalist, who used to run The New Paper and later Today.

He also believes that TOC can still continue operating as usual, including reporting about the upcoming General Elections. They might have to watch their backs though.

Registration might bring an eventual end to this unofficial blacklist against TOC, since it has acquired some form of legitimacy as a result. The government may become more willing to engage in an organisation that has legal presence.

“I see this as a warning sign,” he said of the government’s actions. “It is a signal to TOC that it will act if it has to.”

Balji acknowledged that the government’s message may have been flawed. And people will invariably ask: Why is TOC targeted and not others?

As if on cue, TOC’s latest press release raised the same point.

“These are issues everyone in Singapore talks about; things we all care about. If the very act of providing a platform, on which these topics can be given a good airing, is considered a jaunt into politics, then everyone in Singapore is a political association, every kopitiam on the island a political platform,” it mentioned.

So far, TOC is neither registered as a business or society. In fact, when it tried applying as a business in 2009, the application was rejected, and it was asked to register under the Societies Act instead.

Since then, they have not done so.

Attempts by TOC to reach out to the government have often been turn downed or gone unacknowledged. Most recently, when it invited the PAP to its Face to Face forum, they did not show up.

Past attempts to include the voice of the ruling party in its articles have also been rejected.

Registration might bring an eventual end to this unofficial blacklist against TOC, since it has acquired some form of legitimacy as a result. The government may become more willing to engage in an organisation that has legal presence.

Besides, clamping down further by suing TOC’s pants off may cost the government too much political capital.

Or maybe they are just waiting till after the General Elections.

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