Governments & policy

Governments and regulatory issues at the intersection of media and tech

Civil society groups in Singapore are concerned that a proposed public order bill would confer on police the authority to shut down communications in times of unrest.

No live broadcast of police operations. No transmission of text, photos or videos of the incident. No documentation of police action. The government’s apparent goal is to preserve an official version of information, but you can see how this is a source of worry for journalists trying to cover incidents on the ground. The definitions are so broad that the law could even be used to crack down on peaceful gatherings.

NYT’s Nick Kristof snuck into Rakhine on a tourist visa to report on the atrocities on the ground.

Fine. But I don’t care how famous you are. By sneaking in, you’re now going to make life even harder for the journalists on the ground who are trying to find ways of getting the word out. The government, which already distrusts local and foreign journalists, is only going to make everyone’s lives more difficult. Don’t forget the people who helped you in there — you’re putting their lives at risk too.
New York Times