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Angry netizens set up Facebook group to boycott The New Paper

Posted by singaporege2011 on May 3, 2011

Angry netizens disgusted by the SPH tabloid The New Paper’s biased and untrue reporting has started a Facebook group calling for a boycott of TNP and to put a stop to gutter journalism in Singapore. (join the group here)

The group has garnered more than 2,500 ‘likes’ so far in less than a day of setting up, an indication of how unpopular TNP is among netizens.

TNP ran an article on 1 May by Bryna Sim and Melvin Singh with the misleading headlines: “Is he SDP’s loose cannon“:

“It appeared that he (Dr Chee) was about to lead the group in a march before other party members intervened to stop it.”

It then tried to sow discord within the ranks of SDP by insinuating that some SDP candidates were ‘horrified’ by Dr Chee’s actions and tried to stop him.

It turned out that a supporter had wanted to hang a garland over Dr Chee which he obliged. The crowd was clamoring to shake his hand and ask for his autograph. No ‘protest march’ of any sort ever took place. (Please watch this video from 10:40 for the irrefutable truth.)

Despite being caught in the red, TNP ‘journalists’ continue to ‘stand’ by their fairy tale and refused to apologize. When contacted by the Straits Times, TNP editor Dominic Nathan said they ‘stand by their story’.

In a reply to a netizen’s letter, Melvin Singh claimed that he tried to present ‘both sides of the story’ and that the video posted by SDP on its website showed a different venue.

Even when her mistake was exposed, Bryna Sim still refuse to apologize:

Both Bryna Sim and Melvin Singh have deliberately spun a fairy tale out of a seemingly innocuous gesture by Dr Chee Soon Juan to smear him and SDP by portraying them as ‘troublemakers’.

Bryna Sim’s misleading article will cost SDP votes on 7 May and a few hundred votes will matter alot in closely fought contests. TNP readers who do not surf the internet may get a negative perception of Dr Chee and SDP which may sway the fence-sitters away to the PAP.

As SDP is focused on its election campaign, the online community has to do its part to exert pressure on TNP to publish a rectification and apologize for its mistake before polling day to undo the damage already done.

Please call TNP at 63195567 to register your disgust and unhappiness.

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One Response to “Angry netizens set up Facebook group to boycott The New Paper”

  1. Alvin said

    i quote – In a reply to a netizen’s letter, Melvin Singh claimed that he tried to present ‘both sides of the story’ and that the video posted by SDP on its website showed a different venue.

    Melvin Singh mentioned the Yuhua and Woodlands video by SDP. I quote “From: Melvinderpal Singh Ishar

    Hi,

    Thanks for your feedback. One, sdp posted videos of yuhua and woodlands. Incident was at jurong east.

    Second it was the candidates who alerted me. One of them is still working with us on a photoshoot.

    Third, I presented both sides of the story.

    Fourth the focus was the urgent meeting sdp called to tell Chee to stop. That Chee hasn’t dwelled on.

    Melvin”

    The rally where Dr Chee was accused in was at the Jurong East Sports Complex, which is in the Yuhua SMC boundary, which is essentially within Jurong east. That gentleman did not get his facts right or are confused with his sources.

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