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Over 150 Singapore websites and blogs hold 24-hour blackout protest

Published on Jun 7, 2013 7:30 AM

More than 150 Singapore websites and blogs blacked out their content yesterday in protest against the Government's controversial new rules for licensing online news sites.

Under rules announced by the Media Development Authority (MDA) last week, sites which put up Singapore news regularly, and with at least 50,000 unique visitors from Singapore every month, have to apply for an individual licence and put up a $50,000 bond.

Even though MDA stressed this week that the rules do not apply to personal blogs, many in the online community still feel they are phrased too broadly.

Most of the sites yesterday replaced their homepages with a black screen saying "Free My Internet". Some included information about a related protest at Hong Lim Park tomorrow and an online petition calling for the rules to be withdrawn.

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