Tag: Freedom of Speech

Zuckerberg defends Facebook’s policy to let politicians lie

Facebook has long been accused of being instrumental to the spread of misinformation around the globe and being weaponized to shape the outcome of elections. In a speech to Georgetown University on Thursday (Oct 17), Mark Zuckerberg addressed the issue by arguing for the right...

Freedom of speech is the “right to agree with government and the right to disagree” – Tommy Koh

The comments of Singapore's Education Minister Ong Ye Kung while responding to questions from Members of Parliament over the Yale-NUS out-of-classroom programme, created another controversy as he allegedly singled out playwright Alfian Sa’at for his role behind the scrapped dissent and protest programme. Several prominent figures in...

Concerned citizens express their wariness of “fake news” bill

Singapore – A concerned citizen had to do reality checks a few times while going through the draft of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill. The bill, which was read for the first time in Parliament on Apr 1 (Mon), is basically an...

After the arrest and firing of people critical of the monarchy in M’sia, citizens are watching what they say more than ever

After the abdication of Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan, which took everyone by surprise, the 9 members of Malaysia’s Conference of Rulers have been forced to deliberate on who will be the country’s next king. However, the country’s citizens who have spoken out against the...

Singaporeans talk about freedom of speech at Hong Lim Park: “We need to be able to speak freely without being watched, without being intimidated”

A video of a group of Singaporeans offering their comments about the mainstream media, politics and what they count to be propaganda has been circulating online, garnering many views and comments. While it was evident from the video that the gathering took place at Hong...

Activists strike back with letters to PM Lee and Charles Chong

Historian Pingtjin Thum, activist Jolovan Wham and journalist Kirsten Han are taking another step in striking back at their detractors. The three activists were among a group who met with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad at the end of August, along with Tan Wah...

Han removes online posts in compliance with AG’s request

Blogger Han Hui Hui, 24, has removed a series of online posts, including a video, in compliance with a request from the Singaporean Attorney General (AGC) Tan Ken Hwee. If she had not done so, the AGC would have filed contempt of court proceedings against...

Response to Free My Internet statement and Breakfast Network’s Shutdown

By Calvin Cheng In the wake of the shutdown of the Breakfast Network, the Free My Internet movement issued a statement questioning the Media Development Authority’s ability to act as a Media Authority. This is not only an overreaction, it was a statement based on several...

The art of demeaning and dividing

Singapore News
By Augustine Low Singapore netizens have the dubious honour of having a string of labels attached to them – Wild Wild West, lunatic fringe, rumour mongers, purveyors of untruths and half-truths, and most recently, unhappy people. That these labels are dished out by the government...