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Cherian George on why a voluntary code of ethics for blogs in Singapore may be impossible

I was quoted in today's Today suggesting that prominent independent websites come together to develop a voluntary code of ethics. An equally important point I made to the reporter was not carried in Today 's article: that there is no need for any tightening of government regulation of online political debate. It's important to see these as complementary ideas. Bloggers won't consider voluntarily modulating their voices as long as they feel the government's hands around their throats. Substituting government regulation with community moderation is a principle that was contained in the Bloggers 13 proposal , which I co-authored with Choo Zheng Xi of The Online Citizen, Alex Au of Yawning Bread, Gerald Giam and other bloggers. Our report said that bloggers were prepared to take steps towards responsible, accountable blogging. It even proposed an Internet Content Consultative ...

Full article: http://journalism.sg/2012/03/11/a-voluntary-code-of-ethic...

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