The Internet environment without proper controls to guide the people on what opinions to produce is highly dangerous. It can result in unhealthy thoughts that will mislead people and confuse them.
It is therefore necessary for the govt to regulate internet discourse. Bloggers can be presecuted if the did not register their sites with the authorities.
Singaporeans are so lucky to have a govt that protects their thinking from corrupting and unreliable sources of information. The regulations ensure that our citizens only possess consistent, reliable and healthy ideas that will not upset them. I'm glad the govt has decided to prosecute bloggers who express harmful political opinions, of course blogs like xiaxue which discuss which handphones to buy, and which restaurants to eat at are considered healthy.
Singaporeans are so lucky to be protected from confusing ideas and information that is not consistent with the Straits Times. Instead of spending time trying to reconcile the inconsistencies, they can make their lives more meaningful pondering which car to buy, which handphone is best, which digital camera......etc....what to do with the prosperity package...With so many important issues to think about, they should be glad they that the govt protects them from wasting time on political issues.
Singapore Govt warns Bloggers!
Political debate on the Internet could fuel "dangerous discourse" in Singapore, the city-state's government said on Monday, warning that Singaporeans who post political commentary on Web sites could face prosecution. Speaking in parliament, Senior Minister of State Balaji Sadasivan said anyone using the Internet to "persistently propagate, promote or circulate political issues" about Singapore during election periods was breaking the law. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, whose People's Action Party has dominated politics in the city-state since its independence in 1965, is widely expected to call early elections in the coming months. "In a free-for-all Internet environment, where there are no rules, political debate could easily degenerate into an unhealthy, unreliable and dangerous discourse, flush with rumors and distortions to mislead and confuse the public," Sadasivan said. The tiny island-republic's laws require political parties and individuals to register if they want to post political content on the Net. Print media in Singapore are tightly controlled, but the Internet is rife with Web sites that discuss Singapore politics, from the critical newsgroup Sg-review to the comical Talkingcock.com and blogs such as Singabloodypore and Yawningbread. It is not clear whether any of these sites has registered with the government. While Sadasivan said the government's approach was to take "a light touch" in regulating the Internet, political activists have complained that the rules are too broadly defined, preventing an open debate. Sadasivan said a change of the law was ruled out. The rules also apply to "podcasting," an increasingly popular medium throug
h which audio files are made available for download on the Internet, allowing Web surfers to listen to them at their convenience. Last year, opposition politician Chee Soon Juan launched a podcast on the Singapore Democratic Party's Web site in an attempt to reach a wider audience and bypass the pro-government media. Story Copyright © 2006 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.