MDA notifies The Online Citizen to register

MDA notifies The Online Citizen to register

SINGAPORE - The Media Development Authority (MDA) has asked the company behind the local news website, The Online Citizen (TOC) to register under the Broadcasting (Class Licence) Notification.

In a MDA statement on Sep 30, 2014, it said it notified The Opinion Collaborative Ltd (TOC Ltd), the corporate entity behind The Online Citizen (TOC), to register under the Broadcasting (Class Licence) Notification, which was enacted under Section 9 of the Broadcasting Act.

The statement said "MDA has assessed that the TOC website engages in the propagation, promotion or discussion of political issues relating to Singapore. As a corporate entity, TOC Ltd is susceptible to foreign influence through the receipt of foreign funding. MDA will therefore require that TOC Ltd undertake not to receive foreign funding for its provision, management and/or operation as part of the registration. MDA's registration requirement seeks to uphold the principle that politics must remain a matter for Singapore and Singaporeans alone."

As with other registered sites such as The Independent and Mothership.sg, the registration does not entail changes to the content standards and will not affect what TOC may publish on its website, added the statement.

TOC has posted some of the MDA statement on its Facebook page.

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