Mr Balaji Sadasivan, Minister for Information, Communications and Arts in Singapore announced three days ago, the strict rules that have been in force since 2001 on Internet postings during the election period will continue to be enforced in the coming election period. This time, the rules will be extended to the blogosphere as well. According to Singapore laws, bloggers who want to openly defined a particular political line need to registered with the Media Development Authority. During the election period, they cannot express their political opinions, and neither can they openly support a particular candidate. Website managers are subjected to the same rules. He also specified that podcasting will be banned if it carries political content (in November 2001 - the last election period, opposition party, Singapore Democratic Party made use of podcasting).
He also said that there are no plans to change existing laws on campaigning and elections despite the rise in popularity of new technologies. Finally, he stressed that while the government does not deny the right to individual views, at the same time, individuals should not hide behind the anonymity provided by the Internet to manipulate public opinion.
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