The Online Citizen

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The Online Citizen, founded in December 2006 by Andrew Loh, Joshua Chiang and Remy Choo Zheng Xi,[1][2] is a community blogging platform involved in political activism in Singapore.[3] It describes itself as a group of advocacy journalists who report on topics not generally covered by the mainstream media.

In 2011, the Singapore Registry of Political Donations gazetted the platform as a political organization, noting that the editors of the website organized online and offline campaigns to change legislation and government policies.[4] Under the Political Donations Act, political entities cannot receive funds from foreign contributors[5] and anonymous contributions above SGD 5000.

In February 2018, TOC was de-gazetted as a "political association", as it is currently only run by one man – editor Terry Xu, who has been responsible for the development of content since 2011, when its core team of editors left.[6][7]

Founders and Editors[edit]

  • Andrew Loh (Founder and former editor)[7]
  • Remy Choo Zheng Xi (Founder and former editor)[7]
  • Joshua Chiang (Founder and former editor)
  • Kumaran Pillai (former Chief Editor)
  • Ravi Philemon (former Chief Editor) [7]
  • Terry Xu (Executive Editor - Present)


  1. ^ "Terry Xu: "I Am Ready to Go to Jail Forever."". Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  2. ^ "What Happened Next: Zheng Xi Choo, Singapore". Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  3. ^ Nazry Bahrawi. 2011. Political blog turns the tables on ruling party. South China Morning Post, February 1.
  4. ^ "The Online Citizen" gazetted as political association, Channel News Asia, 17 February 2011, retrieved on 31 December 2011
  5. ^ Temasek Review to shut down after July, ChannelNewsAsia, 7 April 2011
  6. ^ "The Online Citizen website and two other groups no longer considered political associations". The Straits Times. 9 February 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d "The Online Citizen now a one-man show". The Straits Times. 3 March 2016.

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