Singapore — The socio-commentary website Breakfast Network has shut down after ownership decided not to register with the Media Development Authority (MDA) as required under a class licensing act.
On Tuesday morning, the site had replaced its content with a notice saying it was now closed.
Breakfast Network founder Bertha Henson had announced late Monday night that it will return to blogging and posting on Facebook.
“The demand to register – or else – has created a wrinkle in our barely-formed plans to become a sustainable and professional outfit. Therefore, we have decided to suspend operations until we have re-strategised or at least till the amendments to the Broadcasting Act are unveiled,” Ms Henson wrote in the site’s final post.
The announcement was made just one day before the December 10 deadline given by the MDA for the eight-month old website to register under the Broadcasting (Class Licence) Notification.
As part of the registration, Breakfast Network owners would have been required to undertake not to receive any foreign funding for its provision, management, or operation.
The MDA had stated that this stipulation was meant to prevent the site from coming under the control or influence of foreign entities or funding, reported Channel News Asia.
The aim was to ensure that Singapore politics remain a matter for Singaporeans alone, said the MDA.
Netizens will no longer be able to log into the site or access articles that have been posted.
Founder Bertha Henson is a former Straits Times associate editor.