MDA responds to anti-Stomp petition
Regulator says it won't influence editorial slant amid online campaign
Published on Apr 17, 2014 8:16 AM
Media regulator the Media Development Authority (MDA) will not influence the editorial slant of websites but will take firm action if there is a breach of public interest or the promotion of racial and religious hatred or intolerance.
In a statement on its Facebook page last weekend, it wrote that netizens can and should continue to signal to Internet content providers the standards expected of them as part of efforts to promote responsible online behaviour.
The post was made in response to a petition to shut down citizen journalism website Stomp, which is owned by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). The petition claims to have collected more than 22,700 signatures since being set up 11 days ago on international campaigning site change.org by 26-year-old retail executive Robin Li.
In its reply, the MDA said to netizens: "Should you believe that Stomp, together with other class-licensed and individually licensed sites merit stronger regulation, we invite you to propose how the standards should be tightened. Let's build a healthy online environment together."
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It is sad that those who clamour for the freedom of the Internet are now asking for the closure of a website - just because they don't like it.
- Mr Felix Soh, editor, digital media group, of SPH's Digital Division