Singapore - Alerts
Yale's acceptance of Singaporean restrictions on basic rights at the new Yale - National University of Singapore campus shows a disturbing disregard for free speech, says Human Rights Watch.
Martyn See was questioned by the police for possibly having contravened the Public Order Act by organising a public assembly without a permit.
The police allege that the Singapore Democratic Party allowed "fugitives from justice" to interfere with domestic politics because former detainees Francis Seow and Tang Fong Har participated in a political discussion via video conference.
The AFP news agency reported that Shadrake was taken to the Changi Airport and deported after having served five weeks of an eight-week jail term for contempt of court.
The court's decision to uphold Alan Shadrake's contempt of court sentence for "scandalising the judiciary" is a major setback for free expression and the charges should be dropped, Human Rights Watch said.
Chee Soon Juan, secretary-general of the Singapore Democratic Party, has been convicted of "making an address in a public place without a licence".
"Forcing The Online Citizen to register as a political association distorts its role and threatens its ability to cover politics. The prime minister is clearly trying to tighten control of media outlets before calling elections," said CPJ.
The Singapore High Court sentenced British author Alan Shadrake to six weeks in prison and fined him US$15,400 over his book criticising the nation's judiciary.
Alan Shadrake wrote a critical book on Singapore's courts and the death penalty.
The complaint brought against Alan Shadrake consists of a series of biased and malicious allegations, according to RSF.
Alan Shadrake, who was in the city state to promote his book, "Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock", was arrested and is facing charges of contempt of court.
See's video about the detention of Dr. Lim Hock Siew was deemed "contrary to public interest".
In an open letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, RSF expresses concern over the judicial harassment of foreign news media.
While in Singapore, British journalist Benjamin Bland maintained a blog featuring occasional critical commentary on the country, including an entry on official secrecy over death penalty statistics.
The High Court had earlier ruled that the "Far Eastern Economic Review" had defamed both leaders in a 2006 article.
The "Far Eastern Economic Review" magazine and its editor, Hugo Restall, were found guilty of defaming Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his father, former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders deplores high court judge Tay Yong Kwang's decision to give the attorney-general a green light to start contempt of court proceedings against Melanie Kirkpatrick, the deputy editor of the "Wall Street Journal"'s editorial page, in connection with two editorials and an op-ed piece about the Singaporean judiciary published in the newspaper's Asia edition in June and July 2008.
(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders condemns a Singapore high court ruling on 25 November 2008 finding the Hong Kong-based "Wall Street Journal Asia" in contempt of court and fining it 25,000 Singapore dollars (approx.12,700 euros) for publishing two editorials and a letter by an opposition leader questioning the country's judicial system. The newspaper is owned by Dow Jones & Co.
(HRW/IFEX) - The following is a 17 October 2008 Human Rights Watch press release:
(SEAPA/IFEX) - Singapore's High Court has found the "Far Eastern Economic Review" (FEER) and its editor, Hugo Restall, guilty of defaming Prime Minister Lee Hsein Loong and his father, Lee Kuan Yew, media reports said.