Posts Tagged ‘defamation’

Ignore the title, Tommy Koh appears to be the only Singaporean with a pair of testicles today.  CNA: Monday’s event, organized by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, also coincided with the 9th anniversary of the school. The conference was attended by some 600 thought leaders who included former politicians, academics and diplomats. […]

Mercy, or just a tactical move?  South China Morning Post: Prominent Singapore opposition leader Chee Soon Juan has been discharged from bankruptcy, the government said, after an unprecedented concession by two former prime ministers to whom he owed about S$500,000 (HK$3.2 million). Ex-prime ministers Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong agreed to accept a […]

Lee Kuan Yew rarely forgets, but occasionally forgives.  Today: Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Secretary-General Chee Soon Juan said today that former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong have accepted his offer of composition of S$30,000 to annul his bankruptcy. Dr Chee was declared a bankrupt in 2006 after failing […]

The New York Times attempts to explain why they allowed their sister publication International Herald Tribune to bend over and pay damages to the Lees. Lee Kuan Yew once testified, according to The Times, that he designed the draconian press laws to make sure that “journalists will not appear to be all-wise, all-powerful, omnipotent figures.” […]

Once again the New York Times is forced to grovel over an article by Philip Bowring: In 1994, Philip Bowring, a contributor to the International Herald Tribune’s op-ed page, agreed as part of an undertaking with the leaders of the government of Singapore that he would not say or imply that Prime Minister Lee Hsien […]

It took half a year, but as previously announced, Dow Jones has now appealed the ruling against FEER for defaming the Lees.  AFP: Peter Low, a lawyer for the Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER), argued there was nothing in the article, published in 2006, that defamed the Lees. The Lees had sued editor Hugo Restall […]

The contempt of court case against the Wall Street Journal, triggered by their editorial about the Chee Soon Juan defamation case, has started.  Reuters, with a rather unbelievable quote from the attorney general: “Freedom of speech in Singapore allows a person to criticise government policy and the decisions of the courts. There is no fetter […]

As speculated earlier, Dow Jones (News Corp) has confirmed that they will appeal the defamation ruling.  While commendable, it’s unlikely to achieve anything.  China Post: Singapore’s High Court ruled in September the publisher and editor of the magazine, owned by Dow Jones & Co, are to pay damages to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and […]

Human Rights Watch criticizes the recent defamation damages awarded to the Lees: “Using defamation laws to silence peaceful political speech makes a mockery of Singapore’s claim to be a model democracy,” said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Opposition criticism of the government is an essential ingredient of a democratic political system.” […]

Yet another utterly unsurprising conclusion from yet another defamation suit.  Asia Sentinel: Singapore’s dynastic Lee family has again put an opposition party out of business, this time with an order from the Singapore High Court to the leaders of the Singapore Democratic Party to pay S$610,000 in damages for defaming Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong […]