Reporters Without Borders cited POFMA as the main reason for Singapore’s drastic decline in press freedom.
‘it’s easier to dam a river than it is to silence the voice of the people’
There is no need to use a sledgehammer to kill a fly. As the ICA has demonstrated this morning, there is no need to invoke POFMA when a simple press release, Facebook post or email would achieve the same result.
The votes were overwhelmingly in favor of ‘NO’ with over 1,800 votes to 82 ‘YES’ votes
In a survey of 37 countries, Singapore came in 2nd, behind Turkey, when it came to concerns about expressing political views for fear of retaliation from the government.
Many have argued that the law could severely restrict not only freedom of the press but also freedom of speech in Singapore overall.
Ariana Grande remains the most popular artiste on Spotify in Singapore. If the government has set such a low bar for “offensive speech” then tens of thousands of Singaporeans, especially among the youth are guilty by association.