Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Singapore's Licensing Law for News Websites

The Singapore government through the Media Development Authority introduced a new licensing framework for news websites that came into effect on Saturday. Under the new rules, sites which report an average of at least one article per week on Singapore news and current affairs over a period of two months, and reach at least 50,000 unique visitors from Singapore each month spanning two months must apply for an individual license. MDA insisted that this licensing scheme is designed to give parity to regulations covering mainstream and online media. Plus a requirement of a S$50,000 (RM122,500) performance bond and compliance with any takedown notices from the government within 24 hours. [MDA has clarified that individuals writing blogs do not require a license].

I will bet you the Malaysian government will want to follow suit. Just wait and see!

On Saturday, Division B Governor, Meyyappa organized a demo Toastmasters meeting for eCEOs Sdn Bhd – located in KL’s Wangsa Maju – and I was the General Evaluator. It was well-attended and Toastmasters from other clubs came to give support – these included Deloitte Malaysia, CIMA, Taylor’s University, AmBank, Kelab Pidato and Sunway University.

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