Activists, bloggers call on MDA to withddraw licensing scheme. (AFP)
The drama that has unfolded over Singapore’s Media Development Authority’s decision to license some news websites in Singapore is tragic.
On the one hand, we have a government completely bewildered over the reaction towards what they see as a minor update to its regulatory laws.
On the other hand, we have freedom-of-the-internet advocates going apoplectic over what it sees as a major policy decision that amounts to curtailment of free-speech and the death-knell of alternative news websites in Singapore.
The two positions and the reactions are so far apart and so irreconcilable that the call for dialogue seems futile.
One reason for the divide is the difference in time frame from which the two parties view the decision: the government is looking at the situation now, and its opponents, the possible impact in the future.
The government’s decision is actually made on very simple logic.
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