The closure of The Online Citizen

TOC has done a lot more than any other publications to amplify the voices of the marginalised. There are many examples but the one which is recent and resonates with me the most is the Parti Liyani case. Way before the high court judge acquitted her, TOC was already questioning the judicial process, something which no media outlet could or dared to for fear of contempt of court or going against the institutional narrative. When an alternative platform was needed to highlight the other side of the story’, TOC was there.

One does not need to agree with the articles that TOC puts out to be concerned about its closure. The closing down of TOC is also not about whether it is a ‘good’ site or not, or whether it puts out the ‘truth’. IMDA is not closing it down cos of ‘falsehoods’ or the quality of its journalism. They’re exploiting the foreign interference loophole for its crackdown But in an environment where it is risky to support a political publication, is it any wonder that subscribers want to remain anonymous? We should all be concerned cos this is a matter of freedom of expression. A diversity of views, including those of TOC’s is what we need to for our democracy.


* Facebook post by Jolovan Wham.




6 Responses to “The closure of The Online Citizen”

  • A voice please:

    Always good to have an alternative voice.
    Will lead to better governance.

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  • Heaven has eyes:

    Thank you for all your hardwork each of those days.
    God Bless.

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  • Harder Truths:

    “Political freedom means the absence of coercion of a man by his fellow men. The fundamental threat to freedom is power to coerce, be it in the hands of a monarch, a dictator, an oligarchy, or a momentary majority. The preservation of freedom requires the elimination of such concentration of power to the fullest possible extent and the dispersal and distribution of whatever power cannot be eliminated — a system of checks and balances.”

    ― Milton Friedman

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  • Terry would make more as a McDonalds counter service staff than from TOC.

    As for me, I will make more as a Kentucky counter service staff than from TRE.

    Ironic isn’t it, when you think of all the time ‘wasted’ by Terry and his likes. lol

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  • DeBarge:

    If a country cannot tolerate above ground commentary they will have to face underground opinions. It is kind of stupid to worry about foreign funding when Singapore herself is funding millions of foreigners in our midst all with different backgrounds working in sensitive areas and commenting on Singapore affairs through informal means everyday. Not against foreigners, many are essential. Just pointing out the incoherence.

    The commercial failure of the Straits Times in a monopoly, or to be generous, a duopoly, is testament to where Singaporeans do not place their trust. The Singapore government had better face facts. Stifling alternative voices will just lead to a lack of confidence in the ability of 4G leaders to get their points across without silencing opposing points of views. The proceedings in Parliament on CECA is an example. They can pat themselves on the back but not a single Singaporean was convinced. All they saw was the old PAP in newer faces.

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  • Ownself fff ownself:

    OH No. PAPvid “Ownself ffff ownself or SFS tetra has infected Terry TOC n Cannot say Name tre techie. Advisabe to get a CS or Indianee or Shame jab at $$$$$ set by Jinx depending on can be negotiated services!

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