MDA responds in regards to a petition to shutdown STOMP
SINGAPORE – The submit was made in response to a petition to close down citizen journalism web site Stomp, which is owned by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). The petition claims to have collected greater than 22,seven hundred signatures since being arrange eleven days in the past on worldwide campaigning website change.org by 26-yr-previous retail government Robin Li.
Why do you are feeling that Stomp ought to be closed down now (individuals have been complaining about it for years). How do you are feeling it’s got worse in current occasions?
Over the years, the preliminary intent of STOMP appear to be drifting away, and the considered “citizen journalism” turns into extra blurry. We see steady quantity of articles submitted by consumer (often known as STOMPERS), and although a few of these articles are essential for the general public’s consideration, others attempt in the direction of petty grievances.
For occasion, right here’s one article which I highlighted that was in all probability the final straw for a lot of [In March, STOMP reported that a national serviceman wouldn’t give up his seat on a train for an elderly passenger, but it later emerged that there was a free seat where the lady could sit.]
I consider the query on many voters’ thoughts is, how is that this fabricated article being revealed bypassing the moderators? Or is it simply deliberate negligence, posting it for the sake of “clicks” on the location?
nevertheless it looks like he is not too eager on revealing his id…
Can you inform us something about your background, and the rationale for campaigning about Stomp?
[Li does not reveal anything about his personal background.]
Although the marketing campaign won’t work, I thought it was nonetheless value a shot. I’m stunned by the overwhelming help. It does present that there’s a voice among the many residents wanting the location to shut for numerous causes which may’t be ignored. STOMP is turning into a spot for individuals to disgrace their fellow residents, cyber-bullying and the apparent case of invading one’s privateness. People declare that there’s a want for freedom of speech, which it’s comprehensible. BUT freedom of speech doesn’t imply freedom to infringe on one other individual.
A pal as soon as shared with me, “If speech degrades one other based mostly on racial, language or cultural variations, it isn’t freedom of speech”. It feels that someplace on the market, there are individuals who care extra about their free speech than the suitable to privateness.
When you come throughout articles that disgrace a fellow citizen on petty issues, and also you flick through the feedback, it is possible for you to to see examples of hate speech; derogatory remarks on race, gender and beliefs. I was advised the typical age of a STOMP reader is between 14-20. Do we would like our future generations to assume that it’s permissible to manufacture tales simply to be a headline grabber on STOMP? Do we need to train future generations that an argument may be gained by means of racist remarks, hate speech and xenophobia?
MDA’s Facebook publish:
“You might concentrate on an ongoing petition to close down STOMP. While it isn’t for MDA to affect the editorial slant of web sites, we might, because the media regulator of Singapore, take agency motion if any Internet content material supplier is in breach of the Internet Code of Practice. These sometimes cowl content material that’s towards public curiosity and/or content material that promotes racial and non secular hatred or intolerance.
“As customers of the Internet and as a part of our efforts to advertise accountable on-line behaviour, netizens can and will proceed signalling to content material suppliers the requirements that we anticipate of them, in order that they will in flip heed these calls. Should you consider that STOMP, along with different class-licensed and individually licensed websites benefit stronger regulation, we invite you to suggest how the requirements ought to be tightened.
“Let’s construct a wholesome on-line surroundings collectively.”