Singapore defends new internet rules

2013-07-09 11:10

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Bangkok – Singapore has defended its controversial licensing regime for news websites, following criticism from internet giants including Facebook and Google.

Internet freedom will not be stifled by the new regulations, Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim told Parliament on Monday.

He was speaking after the Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) - an industry association formed by eBay, Facebook, Google, Salesforce and Yahoo! - wrote to him expressing concern about rules introduced last month that currently affect 10 websites, including Yahoo! Singapore.

They require sites that report regularly on Singapore and have "significant reach" among local readers to apply for annual licences. They must also post a bond of $39 000 and remove any content the government deems objectionable within 24 hours.

The AIC said the new regulatory framework "could unintentionally hamper Singapore's ability to continue to drive innovation, develop key industries in the technology space and attract investment in this key sector".

But Yaacob defended the new rules in Parliament, saying they would not stifle internet freedom or stop websites commenting on government policies, Channel News Asia reported.

"It is because of the responsibility news providers have to our society that we have adopted an individual licensing framework for traditional news platforms. And this is also the reason for extending a similar framework to online news sites, for greater consistency," it quoted him as saying.

The new regulations sparked a backlash when they were announced, including a rare protest in the tightly controlled city-state in June that attracted around 2 000 people, led by prominent bloggers and activists.

More than 150 local websites also blacked out their content for 24 hours in protest.


- SAPA
Read more on:    google  |  facebook  |  thailand  |  singapore  |  internet
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

AquaLogic/WebLogic Support

Cape Town
Core Candidate (Pty) Ltd
R250 - R300 Per Hour

Production Manager- Fruit-Paarl

Cape Winelands
We’ll Do It Staff Recruitment & Labour Law Services
R15 000 - R18 000 Per Month

(1001111) - Developer - C/C++ (CPT) (PARVANA)

Cape Town Southern Suburbs
Parvana

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Mind power dominates and can help you to uncover things from a deeper level, but it can also create entanglements if you let your...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.