Alerts   |   Singapore

Singapore: CPJ condemns ban on Far Eastern Economic Review

New York, October 2, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a ban on the Far Eastern Economic Review, which has been hit with a criminal defamation lawsuit by the Singapore leadership for an article about an opposition politician.

The Ministry of Information, Communications and Arts revoked the Review’s distribution rights in Singapore on September 28 after the Hong Kong-based monthly failed to appoint a legal representative and post a S$200,000 (US$126,000) security bond, as required by regulations covering foreign publications announced in August.
October 2, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Singapore

Singapore: Leaders again resort to lawsuits to muzzle press critics

New York, September 14, 2006— The Committee to Protect Journalists denounces the defamation suit brought by the Singapore leadership against the publisher and editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review over an article about an opposition politician in the tightly controlled city-state.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his father, former premier turned Minister Mentor, Lee Kuan Yew, filed the suit August 22 against the Hong Kong-based Review Publishing Company Ltd. and Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER) editor Hugo Restall.
September 14, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Case   |   Singapore

SINGAPORE: Critical writer’s column cancelled

JULY 6, 2006
Posted: July 10, 2006

Lee Kin Mun,
The state-owned free tabloid Today cancelled the column of Lee Kin Mun, who writes under the name of Mr. Brown. Lee is also a well-known blogger in Singapore. Lee’s June 30 satirical newspaper column, “Singaporeans are fed up with progress,” criticized the government for announcing hikes in transportation and electricity costs only after general elections had been held in May.
July 6, 2006 12:00 PM ET


Alerts   |   Singapore

Singapore: Politicians file defamation charges over critical commentary

New York, May 5, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about criminal defamation charges recently filed by Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Prime Minister Lee Hsein Loong against politicians responsible for the production of an opposition-run newspaper, The New Democrat.

The Lees’ lawyer also threatened to file defamation charges against Melodies Press Co., which prints the paper. The New Democrat, an officially licensed political news publication since the mid-1990s, is managed and produced once or twice a year by a 12-person executive committee consisting of opposition Singapore Democrat Party members.
May 5, 2006 12:00 PM ET

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Ali Mohaqqiq Nasab, Haqooq-i-Zan (Women's Rights)
Imprisoned: October 1, 2005

The attorney general ordered editor Nasab's arrest on blasphemy charges after the religious adviser to President Hamid Karzai, Mohaiuddin Baluch, filed a complaint about his magazine. "I took the two magazines and spoke to the Supreme Court chief, who wrote to the attorney general to investigate," Baluch told The Associated Press.

February 16, 2006 11:45 AM ET


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