Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore’s ruling party dictatorship has imposed a “Cooling Off” censorship on Singaporeans, banning them from discussing politics on the internet today (Jul 9).

According to the loosely-defined regulation, anyone is deemed to have broken the law if they write a comment criticising the PAP government. Offenders face up to 12 months’ jail and S$1,000 fine.

No other country in the world imposes such media censorship during elections.

Singapore’s state media, ranked 158th in the world for credibility, is exempted from the government censorship, allowing it to publish pro-PAP propaganda in the guise of news reporting.

The unfair advantage provided by the “Cooling Off” censorship ensures the PAP government continue to influence voters with political messages on the last day of campaign.