Singapore’s new law grants government ministers the power to decide what is true or false – and to remove content accordingly.
Jolovan Wham was sentenced to 16 days in prison for organizing a Skype talk with a Hong Kong youth activist.
The heavy-handed investigation by the Singapore police has set the alarm bells ringing again in a country that is known for stifling independent voices.
The bill also aims to censor reporting on terror attacks.
Singaporean activist Jolovan Wham is charged with committing seven offences for allegedly organizing illegal assemblies. The police accused him of being a ‘recalcitrant’ who has “repeatedly shown blatant disregard for the law.” In an email interview with the author, Wham explains how Singapore’s highly restrictive laws curb free speech.
An in-depth analysis of the laws and regulations used by the Singapore government to suppress speech and peaceful assembly.
Participants of a candlelight vigil were summoned by Singapore police for violating the law on public assembly.
The Commute Sketchers Facebook group was established more than a year ago to showcase the work of artists who make productive use of their time by drawing what they see inside public transport.
In four recent cases Singaporeans have tested the limits of freedoms they can take for granted. A video, a film, a blog and a graphic novel have pushed at the boundaries of what can be said, and the government realises that it cannot simply ban these anymore.
Blogger Amos Yee, 16, spent more than 50 days in detention. During this time, his Facebook page was continually updated with what appeared to be accounts of his detention. Reports of mental stress, hospitalisation, and assault led many to worry about his safety.
Blogger Roy Ngerng is worried that the damages in a defamation case filed against him by Singapore’s prime minister, will deal him a financial blow from which he may not be able to recover.
Singaporean authorities ordered an independent news website to be shut down, citing the website’s content as being objectionable to state interests, according to news reports. The Real Singapore is the first news website to be shut down under the country’s licensing regulations, introduced in 2013.
Singapore police arrested Amos Yee, a teenage video blogger, in connection with an eight-minute video he posted on YouTube in which he criticised the policies and political heritage of the late Lee Kuan Yew.