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MPs urged to call for withdrawal of rules for news sites

Blogger group's policy brief to MPs also calls for public consultation

Published on Jul 3, 2013 7:28 AM
 
Mr Choo Zheng Xi, co-founder of The Online Citizen website, speaking during a three-hour protest rally at Speakers’ Corner in Hong Lim Park on 8 June 2013. A group of bloggers who organised a series of events to protest against the new licensing rules for news websites are now calling on Members of Parliament to ask for the regulations to be withdrawn or at least suspended. -- ST FILE PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

A group of bloggers who organised a series of events to protest against the new licensing rules for news websites are now calling on Members of Parliament to ask for the regulations to be withdrawn or at least suspended.

The bloggers, who call themselves Free My Internet, issued the call in a policy brief they sent to MPs ahead of the Parliament sitting on Monday.

In the brief, posted online yesterday, the bloggers also appealed to MPs to commission an "open and transparent" public consultation with all stakeholders.

While the Media Development Authority (MDA) had implemented the rules last month, the bloggers hope MPs will get a chance to debate the need for these rules in Parliament.

 
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