Tag: Censorship

Beijing orders Chinese social and dating apps to remove “illegal content”

As part of China's growing scourge of the internet, several social apps have temporarily suspended user posting. Momo, TanTan and DingTalk are among apps that shut down some sections following a government order to screen for and remove "illegal content". Read: Govt confirms that fake news...

Amazon killing Asean writers

Zieda Nazri, a young enterprising writer from Malaysia, speaks to us about the pitfalls of self-publishing in the country where arts and literature is in the veins of many but where only the few gets published. Zieda tried to sell her books on Amazon.com but she...

Is MDA’s censorship practice outmoded and archaic?

Officers of Media Development Authority (MDA) do not expect the public to agree with their decision, said Minister of communication and information Dr.Yaacob Ibrahim. He also added that public disagreement on a decision on classifying content is a good indication of MDA striking a...

MDA and Rainbow

Finally, the MDA has given its reason  why the song Rainbow was not sung at the outdoor concert  by Taiwanese pop diva A-mei on June 7. In a letter published in Today, it said: "In licensing arts entertainment events such as pop concerts, the MDA’s objective...

Cops in the theatre: Pushback by artists

Just one day before Roy Ngerng and his team spoke at Hong Lim Park to a large crowd of sympathisers, a smaller group met at a smaller venue to tell Singaporeans why it was pushing back against the government’s new censorship proposals for arts...

Vandalism and political defiance

By Trinity Chua and Tan Yong Heng Defiance and dissent is taking on a slightly violent streak. Vandals have struck by scrawling anti-PAP words on top of a Toa Payoh block of flats, painting on the war monument and attacking posters at bus stops. We spoke...

Singapore’s elephant in the room

For the naysayers and soothsayers, the clearest indication that Singapore’ centre of gravity  is shifting to the left came when President Tony Tan opened the second session of the country’s 12th Parliament with a rare promise to his people: You will have enough money...

Censorship or limits?

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the current hoo-hah about the term licensing or self-censorship scheme for arts groups proposed by MDA is that there are Singaporeans siding with the censors. Right up with his foghorn in the front screaming is former NMP Calvin Cheng....

Replaying the dissident voice

An interview with the author of Dissident Voices, Clement Mesenas How and why did you write the book? I was commissioned by the publishers, who told me that they had a grant for such a book. The idea was that that such a book would help...

Let’s have a Democracy Wall

What turns an angry anti-social into a vandal? Frustration. An inability to channel anger into something useful. Is it significant that expletives against the PAP be spray-painted 22 storeys up on an HDB block? Not really — similar sentiments have been expressed online. What...