TOC, gazetted

Comments (16)
  1. Terence says:

    Asking REACH, ST, and NUS Pol Assoc to register is besides the point. These three institutions are hardly independent of the government – REACH is a govt organ, ST is controlled by govt-linked leadership, and NUS Pol Assoc belongs to a public university.

    I'd rather construe this event as an attempt by the govt to remind Singaporeans and TOC who is in charge; an intimidation tactic, if you will. It is a case of the govt trying to extend its already wide control. I'll be surprised if the govt actually takes it further though by suing TOC afterwards should they decide to register.

  2. Fred Tan says:

    Guys, u could end up gazetted as well!

  3. patriot says:

    Just wondering if our junior college, polytechnic and tertiary students find the requirement of TOC to be registered as a political organization justifiable?

  4. OnlineShmonline says:

    Gazetted or garotted? The noose pulls tighter

  5. randomperson says:

    correct me if i'm wrong, but i think we miss the point of gazetting. it's not to restrict freedom of speech but to make sure that foreign countries cannot exert their influence on local politics through donations, isn't it?
    besides, graciously accepting this gazetting will further add to TOC's credibility, will it not?
    it's deniable that TOC -does- play a part in shaping people's opinion of politics since the same can be said about other entities..

    1. Kevin says:

      Your concerned is flawed about foreign countries involvement when PAP has allowed so many foreigners to partiicipate in our local political affairs, writing nauseous commentaries in ST forum and even participated in grassroots activities. Aren't these put together considered as foreign involvement to help PAP in the coming election

    2. Koh Choon Hwee says:

      I think there is a difference between foreign funding of political newsblogs and foreigners participation at grassroots level – hypothetically, Saudi money funding American news channels would be treated with more suspicion and gravity than immigrants from the Middle East integrating in American society and local communities, right? The latter group are like expatriate residents or PRs. The label "foreigners" may homogenize a demography where it should not.

    3. tjin says:

      my thoughts exactly.
      I have always believed that The Online Citizen has always been spearheading independent journalism where all views are welcomed, be it for or against the ruling party. I've enjoyed reading some of their articles because they have tried to be constructive and balanced, and that they write because they feel it is their duty to write about what is happening on the ground.

      Would not gazetting just make TOC more accountable? I feel more assured that they are writing out of their heart and their sense of duty if it can be seen that it is not an external agency trying to influence TOC to write in their favour.

    4. Locke says:

      Two of the three largest Singapore Press Holdings shareholders are foreign banks (Citibank & HSBC)! http://sph.listedcompany.com/main_shareholder.htm
      Who says that these foreign banks are not influencing financial reporting in SPH publications?
      Apparently it is perfectly acceptable when large amounts of money is involved, donations come in the form of shares and banks instead of individuals.

      It clearly shows that the government has double standards and is just using the fear & paranoia of potential foreign involvement as an excuse to push their agenda through.

  6. Hades says:

    When the choice came, you voted for upgrading estates over free speech.
    When the choice came, you voted for fear over freedom.
    When the choice came, you voted for GST rebates over real opposition.
    When the choice came, you voted for money over ideals.

    Now you're complaining?

    1. weirdlittlepony says:

      Sorry, but when were most of us allowed to vote?

  7. gemami says:

    Christopher misses the key point. When TOC was doing all of these, it was left alone for the past four years. It is only when it stepped outside the boundary of blogging that we now see the reaction from the government – a government we all know too well to be extremely kiasu and kiasi. It calls itself a HUMless government.

    It is time we take heed of comments like Hades's in all seriousness.

  8. 204222 says:

    terribly regressive, misguided and counterproductive. The thing about toc is that its pieces tend to be more sensible and considered, unlike temasek review. when the only independent, critical and fairly sensible news outlet gets the bullet…you do feel that it is all pretty hopeless.

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