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Christopher de Souza (Member of Parliament) and Lim Swee Say (Cabinet Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress) pose for a picture with the children of residents living in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC.

Yesterday, the residents of Holland-Bukit Timah GRC celebrated the PAP Community Foundation’s 25th Anniversary and were treated to a carnival at the Senja-Cashew Community Centre. As I stood alongside with RazorTV’s journalist, Sara Ann K, and several other journalists from the local press, I found it relatively novel to cover this event side by side with the official press. I am but an ordinary citizen, a full-time student; I am neither a journalist nor a press photography.

This is but one of many instances whereby ordinary citizens of Singapore are finding themselves in a position to deliver print-worthy photographs, or even event coverages, which is made possible by the technological advances in today’s digital age. Cameras have become very affordable these days, and with the emergence of local forums and online web portals such as Hardwarezone and Stomp.sg, it really isn’t difficult to get started on Citizen Journalism.

Many netizens are now turning to such unofficial portals to subscribe to an alternative view of local and current affairs, partly because it is a known yet unspoken fact that the press are usually inclined to favor certain political parties. Bearing this in mind, citizen journalists can actually wield considerable influence on the society, and this power should be used responsibly. In any case, I doubt that anyone can actually get away with spreading dissent with the local government here in Singapore. The arms of justice [ISD] are long and it’s reach is far; much further than what most of us can run from. What do you think?

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