Singapore blogging community just launched called a new campaign called #FreeMyInternet to protest against the new licensing imposed by local authority. The new regulations requires “online news sites” to put up a “performance bond” of $50,000 and to remove content that is in breach of MDA (Media Development Authority) standards within 24 hours. The new license will also affect local bloggers if they write about Singapore’s news and current affair at least once a week and have at least 50,000 monthly unique visitors. [Checkout my fellow ex-Yahoos Siew Kum Hong’s post on why Singapore’s crackdown on online news reporting is a mistake.]
The campaign’s initiator asked local bloggers to join them in an online blackout by closing their own blog for 24 hours, from Thursday 6 June, 0001 hrs to 6 June, 2359 hrs. “When you reopen your blog, write your account of the protest, about the new regulations and censorship, or anything related to media freedom in Singapore,” the initiator said in a statement. They also asked online community to sign a petition to call for the Ministry of Communications and Information to completely withdraw the licensing regime.
They will also invite people to attend the protest in June 8, 4.00pm – 7.00pm located in Speaker Corner, Hong Lim Park.
The following are the campaign initiators: