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How are our constitutional rights protected during the policy-making process?

Like many others, I am concerned by any potential impact of the Media Development Authority’s (MDA) new licensing regime for online news sites on our freedom of expression.

Like many others, I am concerned by any potential impact of the Media Development Authority’s (MDA) new licensing regime for online news sites on our freedom of expression.

I would like to seek clarification from the Government on the extent of regulatory powers exercised by ministries and their respective statutory boards with respect to the Constitution. Are there any checks and balances that these agencies have go through before they enact new policies to ensure that these policies do not negatively affect the constitutional rights of Singaporeans?

I think it will be beneficial to the public if the relevant authorities can shed light on the decision-making process that goes into the creation of new regulations, the safeguards (if any) put in place to ensure our constitutional rights are protected, and also comment on why there was no public consultation before the new licensing framework was implemented.

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