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Several bloggers detained in pre-dawn raid

Several bloggers detained in pre-dawn raid

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Their families are unsure if it is an April Fools’ Day joke.


Several bloggers from Singapore’s socoi-political blogging fraternity have been detained in a pre-dawn raid.

A group of plain clothes men went from house to house in the early hours of Monday morning bringing the bloggers into custody.

Many of them were not asleep at the time of detention as they were still at their computers.

The bloggers who were detained were led away in a white unmarked van.

All those who were detained are reportedly male, except for one, who is unsure.

It is believed that between four and six bloggers have been detained in total, with more likely to follow suit.

Family members of the bloggers who refused to be interviewed, said they were unsure if this detention is part of an elaborate April Fools’ Day joke.

However, some suspected that their detention could have been the result of a few of the bloggers making their identities known, having agreed to take part in a national dialogue forum to be held in mid-April in their personal capacity.

Many of the bloggers’ identities were previously anonymous.

Other family members said they also suspect the bloggers have been detained to prevent them from starting April Fools’ Day pranks that can be potentially embarrassing for Singapore.

Bloggers beg Yaacob Ibrahim not to confer journalist status on them

Bloggers beg Yaacob Ibrahim not to confer journalist status on them

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For a good reason.

A group of bloggers are planning on petitioning Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, Yakult Ibrahim.

This is after recent talk that the soon-to-be minister of the Ministry of Communications and Information, which will be constituted on Thursday, wants to give formal journalist status to electronic scribes and ranters to make them “credible”.

All bloggers have expressed dismay at this idea.

One blogger, whose name starts with “B” and ends with “T”, said: “Look at us! We are so bad at spel checkng and fact checking we cannot even get his name right!”

“Please don’t bring us down any lower in status by making us on par with Straits Times reporters!”