Stop Crackdown on Alternative Online News Sites and Return TOC Equipment

The police action against The Online Citizen (TOC) and the seizure of Mr Terry Xu’s equipment is yet another demonstration of a government that is totally out-of-sync with a maturing population.

If the authorities deem the report on the TOC website to be untrue, then it should provide its account of the matter. The tactic of ordering the police to visit the publisher’s home to raid and confiscate equipment is unbecoming of a country that aspires to be First World.

The more important point that must not be missed is the selective application of laws against the PAP’s opponents and critics.

A prime example is the Lianhe Wanbao which had published quotes from Dr Chee Soon Juan which he did not make during the by-election in 2016.

In this instance, why did the police not do to the newspaper what it did to TOC? Such a partisan and hypocritical move reflects the true backward nature of the situation in Singapore.

The present action against the TOC comes despite the website removing the alleged offending article when told to do so by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) on 18 September 2018. The police action is clearly a move to harass and intimidate the Internet community.

At the same time, the NTUC Foodfare has taken legal action against The Independent SG (TISG) for an article about an elderly food-stall operator working at a Changi Airport foodcourt that it claims to be untrue.

Again, why can’t the NTUC Foodfare present factual accounts of the matter and leave it to the public to form its own conclusion? Such unnecessary legal action shuts down healthy and robust debate in the public square, debate that is necessary for Singapore to adapt and thrive in a changed world.

The truth is that Singaporeans want to see more factual information being presented and debated, not government orders to take down posts it deems untrue.

The crackdown on alternative news sites will backfire as it will galvanise netizens to stand up to such anti-democratic practices. The PAP is obviously feeling the heat as the next general elections looms and resentment of its policies among Singaporeans spreads. The clampdown on the social media serves only to infuriate an already angry public.

Such actions will further hold Singapore back in our effort to break free of a suffocating authoritarian government and join mature and sophisticated nations in the developed world.

The SDP calls on the authorities to return to Mr Xu his computer equipment that were seized and for the NTUC Foodfare to stop its action against the TISG so that these alternative news sites can continue their important work to provide the Singaporean public news and analysis that the state media avoid.

 

Singapore Democrats

 

 

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6 Responses to “Stop Crackdown on Alternative Online News Sites and Return TOC Equipment”

  • U say me i say you:

    Maybe another parliament seesion or two, is needed to clear their reputations(PAP’s)?

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  • Big Bully:

    If Pinky can own self clear own self in Parliament, why can’t the authority clear themselves by presenting facts instead of resorting to big bully tactics by asking police to raid and seize the equipment or by hiding behind the court to sue people ?

    It comes to the point of no use talking anymore , just vote them out in the coming election. KNNBCCB

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  • Bapak:

    This extremely paranoid White Party is using this greatest opportunity to check if there are outside investors (like Georgie So Low) supporting alternative online news financially. All along they have this suspicious mind, since day one in 1965. They will never trust locals because according to them SGs commit more crimes. They only trust FTs.

    All Oppo candidates are tightly monitored. CCTVs are everywhere. Don’t be a simple-minded person, facial recognition is already in their systems.

    If you sit in a coffee shop with another person, open your eyes and observe carefully. If another couples (including Ang Moh) come to sit next to your table put a bag on the table, be careful. These are their spies, secretly taping your conversations and filming you.

    The NK state we are in. SGs should VTO and send them away to meet the Sentinelese.

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  • LB Neo, true heir to SG throne:

    Where are you now, Lim Tean???

    Whassamatter? Hiding at home assessing and calculating the risks, whether to come out to speak up and out against recent arrests, pre-selection/handpicking of 4G PM, etc, knowing that the closeness of the next GE date is unlikely to earn their ire and pay a heavy price (politically, financially & otherwise and cost a life or limb) land ANY oppositional voice in very scalding hot soup, huh?? Why the ‘shying-away’ (‘testical shrinkage’, meekness) now? 雷聲大雨點小; we see you no up lah, if you continue ‘staying away’.

    That Other One, too, what’s he called again??

    Oh yes, Ah Bock, yes, yes, Yes-Yes-Bock. Or CBTan/CBT. Lots of lightning flashes (still the whitey at heart that he is, ain’t he?) but whimpering thunder clap. Or crap, if you like, thank yew, all ye old-style radio-fusion types a là storyteller Lee Tah Soh-李大傻!!!

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  • LIONS:

    Criminal?
    Think ROBBING JOBS N IMPOVERISHING CITIZEN-VOTERS IS MOST CRIMINAL N ANAL!

    SCREW THE ari$toCRAP$!
    CANT TAKE GENTLEMANLY DISCOURSES.
    So resort to THUGGERY.

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  • The Rot Has Set In:

    Criminal Intimidation upon online social media voicing out the grievances of common people.

    Not criminal defamation. This is clearly an abuse/misue of the laws.

    Unwilling to sue, because of lack of evidence on defamation.

    Therefore, make use of the police to investigate, to confiscate materials, to seize computers, etc.

    This is hitting way below the belt. Very ungentlemenly and unscrupulous and demeaning.

    Why stoop so low? What legacy will be left behind for future generations to emulate? SHAME AND SHAM?

    Lost the moral compass? With such behaviour, it has lost the moral authority to lead?

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