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Singapore news site appeals for money and manpower, ‘we will soldier on even as the landscape becomes more difficult to navigate’

The Online CitizenSingapore socio-political news website The Online Citizen is appealing to its readers for financial support to safeguard its future at an increasingly difficult time for independent online news providers in the citystate.

The appeal, made today via its Facebook page, comes one month after rival independent news site the Breakfast Network was forced to close after pressure from Singapore’s media regulator to get a media licence.

In the appeal, The Online Citizen wrote: “A lot of the work we do require [sic] time, effort and money. While we are happy to provide the first two, we cannot escape the need for the third, which is where you can truly help us.”

The site, which is behind the #FreeMyInternet movement that opposes the Singapore government’s licencing regime for online news reporting introduced in May last year, also says it plans to expand its community, but needs contributors and interns to support its growth plans.

The Online Citizen’s post in full:

In this new year, The Online Citizen hopes to further expand its community of Singaporeans. We have so far established agreements with some bloggers to publish their content on our website. If you are a blogger and wish to be part of this community, do drop us an email at: theonlinecitizen@gmail.com .

We will be looking for ways to make things more interesting and exciting for this community, going forward.

We will also need to raise funds to keep this site and the work we do going. We will reveal plans in the coming weeks. We hope that you will give us your support.

A lot of the work we do require time, effort and money. While we are happy to provide the first two, we cannot escape the need for the third, which is where you can truly help us.

Finally, with commitment and funds, the only other thing we need is manpower. Thus, in 2014, we will be expanding this aspect of TOC.

Many throughout the years have been a part of our community and have contributed much to sustaining TOC.

At times, we have many stories, issues and events we would like to do but had been unable to because of our manpower shortage. If you wish to lend us a hand, do email us.

We also have an internship programme for those of you who are interested in joining us.

All in all, we look forward confidently to 2014 – and will soldier on even as the landscape becomes more difficult to navigate.

Thank you.

The appeal also comes three months after the latest addition to Singapore’s independent news scene, The Independent, announced it was going on a fundraising drive to boost its news gathering capabilities.

The Independent was required to get a media licence after pressure from the media regulator soon after launching.

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