05 Jun '13, 12pm

Siew Kum Hong: Why the new MDA online licensing framework is censorship

Let's go back to the various assurances proffered by the Government, in the days since it announced the new regulations. For me, they have all been meaningless chaff, smoke and mirrors that seek to distract from the central truth: that the MDA has established a framework whereby it can now easily take a website out of the Class Licence scheme, and impose whatever terms it wants on that website. All of this can be done, without any shred of transparency or accountability. Even if the same content standards apply for both the Class Licence and individual licences, the levers through which the MDA can exert power and influence are radically different. I drew two main conclusions from all the empty statements from the Government: The Government has issued many, many clarifications. It has had many, many opportunities to clarify whether non-commercial websites like The Online C...

Full article: http://siewkumhong.blogspot.com/2013/06/why-new-mda-onlin...

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