Shareholders agreement makes it clear about funding



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  1. We refer to the statement from the Media Development Authority issued on 29 July 2013 regarding The Independent, which operates
  2. The Independent is a new Singaporean media brand that aims to provide responsible, intelligent & robust journalism to the Singapore public.
  3. The Board and core team behind The Independent consists of Singaporeans. There is no foreigner in this team, nor has there ever been. The identities of The Independent’s core team have been posted on its website since June 2013.
  4. The founding shareholder’s agreement for The Independent, dated19 April 2013 states very clearly that the shareholders to this enterprise is restricted to Singapore Citizens/Permanent Residents or Singapore Registered Businesses/ Companies/ Societies, that is, The Independent expressly  prohibits the acceptance of foreign funding and has taken cognizance of the relevant provisions of Section 43 of the Broadcasting Act (Cap. 28). The said relevant clause in the said agreement was voluntarily agreed to by the founding team of The Independent prior to any discussion on registration and commencement of the venture.
  5. The core team of The Independent includes two former journalists with Singapore’s mainstream media institutions – Mr PN Balji, the former CEO and Editor of Today newspaper, and Mr Edmund Wee, a former Straits Times journalist and editor.
  6. We would like to highlight that the posture of The Independent is and has always been to be a purely Singaporean-funded media operation which does not accept foreign funds, was formulated and documented 19 April 2013, that is at an early stage of the venture’s formation.
  7. We are pleased to register under Section 9 of the Broadcasting Act (Cap. 28) and to comply with all laws, rules, regulations and code of practice in place to regulate broadcasting in Singapore.
  8. The Independent has not and will not ever come under the influence of, foreign entities or funding.

Issued by: The Management of The Independent, Singapore


  1. That means blue blood Singapore citizens like me are allowed to make a financial contribution to the operations of The Independent right?

  2. Actually there is a big difference between foreign funded or foreign controlled. If it is just strictly foreign funded, then SPH shares cannot be held by foreign investors.

  3. In 1986, the PAP government started to gazette foreign newspapers because it alleged that they were interfering in “domestic politics.” One by one, the papers left our shore. Having done that, the government then arrested 22 people under the ISA, accusing them of planning to overthrow the government. Better be vigilant of the evils that may fall on us!

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