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SINGAPORE: Bloggers don't need to register after all
National Internet Advisory Committee decides questionable material on blogs can be dealt with using existing laws
Straits TimesFriday, July 7, 2006
By Chua Hian Hou
An idea to make it a must for bloggers to register with a media watchdog has been abandoned because existing laws are deemed enough to rein in errant online diarists.
The wild popularity of blogs or online journals prompted the National Internet Advisory Committee to consider requiring their authors to register with the Media Development Authority (MDA).
Political and religious parties, Internet service providers, and online newspapers already come under this rule.
At last count in August last year, there were more than 22,000 Singapore blogs, according to a study by the Singapore Internet Research Centre.
Fortunately for bloggers here, the 27-member committee, which is made up of government officials, industry leaders and academics who advise the MDA on Internet and new media-related content issues, concluded that blogs were simply "old wine in new wine bottles" -- no different from websites or Web forums where people can post what they do or think.
In its ninth annual report, the committee said bloggers who put up material against "public and society interest" can be dealt with under existing laws.
It cited the examples of former government scholar Chen Jiahao, who had to apologise for his defamatory remarks, and three other bloggers who were convicted under the Sedition Act for racist remarks.
Blogger James Seng said he hopes the committee had not been "seriously thinking about registering bloggers." He pointed out that China tried to do it, but the enacted law was largely unenforceable -- and ignored. "In light of this, the committee's recommendation to drop the idea was a smart one," he said.
Today, only one in 10 blogs in China is registered, despite hefty penalties for flouting the law, according to Beijing-based media consultancy BDA China.
Another area that came up for debate by the committee was whether mass e-mail should be regulated under broadcasting laws.
The committee decided against it for now because e-mail is an "indispensable tool of communication for business and society" -- even if mass e-mail can "technically" be considered broadcasting.
Date Posted: 7/7/2006