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Singapore Bloggers Protest Licensing Rules for News Websites

More than 2,000 Singaporeans gathered at a downtown park to protest a regulation requiring websites that regularly publish news on the city state to be licensed.

The demonstration organized by representatives of social and political websites was held yesterday at Speakers’ Corner at Hong Lim Park, at the edge of the financial district. About 2,500 people turned up in Singapore’s biggest blogger-led protest, Howard Lee, deputy chief editor of the Online Citizen, a Singapore social and political blog, said by e-mail. Some waved placards calling on the government not to “tell me what to read,” while another said “our silence is not for sale.”