As a result of a combination of ownership concentration and political alignment, all of Singapore’s mainstream media content themselves with repeating the government’s messages. The few bloggers or news sites such as New Naratif that try to provide reliable reporting are subjected to harassment and intimidation, often initiated by the prime minister himself. Follow the news on Singapore Singapore uses “anti-fake news” law to eliminate public debate Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Singaporean prime minister’s office to drop its absurd “illegal election activity” complaint against the New Naratif website over five Facebook posts in the run-up to last July’s elections, as a result of which the police have already interrogated the site’s managing director and searched his home. Help by sharing this information RSF_en RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Review April 10, 2020 Find out more New Naratif recognizes “boosting” a total of 13 posts during the run-up to the elections, but points out that that AsiaOne, a media outlet that is majority-owned by a government-controlled press group, “boosted” no fewer that 240 posts during the official campaign period alone (from 30 June to 10 July), of which at least 150 were about the elections and the ruling party. None of these sponsored posts were regarded by the authorities as “illegal election activity.” The SED got the five posts taken down on the grounds that they were “paid advertisements” and therefore amounted to “illegal conduct of election activity” that violated the Parliamentary Election Act, although the act contains no precise definition of what constitutes “election activity.” December 6, 2019 Find out more News “We call on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s office to immediately drop the pathetic charges it has brought against New Naratif,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “What credibility can his government claim if it was the result of elections in which the independent media were carefully prevented from doing their work. New Naratif’s only crime was providing Singapore’s citizens with independently-reported information instead of government propaganda.” News October 2, 2020 Singaporean website prosecuted over election coverage Coloured black on the map Organisation After falling seven places in the space of a year, the Singaporean city-state is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index and is now one of those that are coloured black on the RSF press freedom map because the situation is classified as “very bad.” Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources The police acted in response to a complaint by the Singapore Elections Department (SED), a direct offshoot of the prime minister’s office, over five articles about the 10 July general elections that were posted on Facebook between 26 April and 6 July and were “boosted” financially by New Naratif to push them higher in subscriber news feeds. And the blogger Leong Sze Hian continues to face the possibility of a two-year prison sentence on a criminal defamation charge simply for sharing an article from the Malaysian website TheCoverage.my on Facebook in November 2018. News to go further Receive email alerts SingaporeAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independenceProtecting sources Conflicts of interestInternetJudicial harassment Pathetic charges SingaporeAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independenceProtecting sources Conflicts of interestInternetJudicial harassment October 15, 2020 Find out more It seems that covering an election campaign can lead to arrest in Singapore. This, at least, is the bizarre experience of New Naratif managing director Thum Ping Tjin. The police summoned and questioned him for four and a half hours on the morning of 21 September and then searched his home, seizing his mobile phone and laptop. New Naratif managing director Thum Ping Tjin was summoned and questioned by the police for four and a half hours (photo courtesy of Dr Thum). News An army of lawyers was deployed in September 2019 against Terry Xu, the editor of the independent news website The Online Citizen, over an article that supposedly caused “loss and damage” to the prime minister.
Home » News » All 33 London councils sign up to join Mayor’s new rogue agent database previous nextRegulation & LawAll 33 London councils sign up to join Mayor’s new rogue agent databaseExisting 12 boroughs who already supply names of errant landlords and agents will now be joined by rest of capital’s councils.Nigel Lewis24th May 20180821 Views The Mayor of London’s rogue agent and landlord list has gone live after all of London’s 32 boroughs and the City of London agreed to participate in the scheme.Mayor Sadiq Khan’s list includes landlords and letting agents who have been prosecuted, fined or expelled from the industry’s two redress schemes.But the list only includes records so far of landlords and agents in Brent, Camden, Greenwich, Islington, Kingston, Newham, Redbridge, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Westminster.The other councils will now add their ‘rogue data’ as soon as possible, the Mayor’s office says.The roll call currently includes some 260 names and businesses which will remain on the website for three years.Rogue onesExamples include a landlord instructed by City of Westminster to stop renting out a property because it was unsafe, but who continued to do so, and a letting agent who managed an HMO that did not comply with ‘safe and good condition’ rules.All the letting agents on the site are small, independent ones with the exception of one Strattons branch based in Stratford, which was convicted of a criminal offence in September last year for failing to secure a licence for an HMO, and fined £2,000.The most recent agent on the list is Kentish Town based Olivers Residential Ltd, which last month was fined £2,000, also for failing to obtain a licence for an HMO.“Importantly, it is also the first time renters have had a central online tool that should take some of the stress out of reporting potentially criminal housing conditions to their local authority,” says Richard Lambert, CEO of the National Landlords Association (pictured)Richard Lambert National Landlords Association London Mayor of London Rogue agent list Sadiq Khan May 24, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
The Pride of Britain Awards are hosted by the Daily Mirror and ITV each year, where winners are drawn from over tens of thousands of public nominations. The Prime Minister welcomed this year’s Pride of Britain winners and their families to a Downing Street reception last week to celebrate their incredible stories of bravery and determination.Now in its twentieth year, the Pride of Britain Awards recognise the achievements of individuals from across the UK who have demonstrated kindness, courage and perseverance.This year’s inspirational winners include the British divers who were instrumental in saving the lives of a group of young boys in Thailand after they were trapped in flooded caves, Emma Picton-Jones, recognised for her work to support those with mental health difficulties in rural communities and Eddie O’Gorman whose foundation Children with Cancer UK has raised more than £230 million to fight the disease.Prime Minister Theresa May said: It is truly astounding to see a young boy like Max, who when faced his own health struggles and spending 10 months in hospital waiting for a new heart, only became more determined to help others. I would like to thank him for all of his hard work in raising awareness for this issue and as we make these important changes to our organ donation system, potentially saving up to 700 lives a year, it only seems right to name the new legislation after him. The Prime Minister also presented ten year old Max Johnson with the Child of Courage award. After being diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy – a disease which affects the heart muscle – Max campaigned to bring in an opt-out organ donation system in England.In recognition of his story, the legislation to change organ donation rules will become known as ‘Max’s Law’, a tribute to his pivotal efforts. Max’s visit comes the week after this law made a crucial step forward as it passed through the House of Commons.Prime Minister Theresa May added: From incredible acts of bravery to decades of community service, this year’s winners have all made a life-changing impact in their local communities and beyond through their compassion and determination. It’s humbling to hear the stories of all the awards winners, all of them doing extraordinary things and showing such generosity of spirt. I feel privileged to be able to offer them my congratulations. Thank you for your inspirational courage and selflessness – you set an example to us all.