Minister uses tough law to censor Far Eastern Economic Review

first_img Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources News News Organisation Singaporean website prosecuted over election coverage News SingaporeAsia – Pacific October 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Singapore RSF_en SingaporeAsia – Pacific center_img October 2, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Minister uses tough law to censor Far Eastern Economic Review RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Review Help by sharing this information October 2, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today condemned an immediate ban on the distribution and sale in Singapore of the Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER), which has been imposed by the information minister under article 23 of the Newspaper and Printing Presses Act (NPPA).The ban was imposed as a result of a lawsuit brought against the Hong Kong-based magazine by Prime Minster Lee Hsien Loong and his father, former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.“We condemn the application of legislation that violates press freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The minister’s decision has created a barrier to the entry of any foreign publication that wants to be distributed in Singapore.”The Lees have won hundreds of thousands dollars in libel suits, which they say have been necessary to protect their reputation against baseless allegations. But, as things stand, it would be hard for them to win anything in their lawsuit against the FEER because it has no bureau in Singapore.Using article 23 of the NPPA, the information minister has suspended sale of the FEER until it appoints a legal representative and deposits a security bond of 200,000 Singaporean dollars (100,000 euros). The NPPA gives the minister complete freedom to impose restrictions on foreign newspapers.Singapore’s legislation also provides for a fine of 50,000 dollars or two years in prison, or both, for any person who distributes a newspaper illegally. The requirement to appoint a legal representative and deposit a bond also applies to the other foreign publications that are sold in Singapore, namely, the International Herald Tribune, Time, the Financial Times and Newsweek. to go further News April 10, 2020 Find out more Receive email alertslast_img read more

IS IT TRUE JUNE 11, 2018

first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE at tonight Evansville City Council meeting they will be voting on the infamous “Noise Ordinance”?  …we are told if this  City ordinance passes, it will financially hurt future outdoor entertainment events and discourage investors in the music/bar businesses from locating here?  …we predict that the “Noise Ordinance” vote will be close?   …we are told that whoever votes for this ordinance in its current form, it will come back to haunt them in next years City Council election?  …we predict that a last-minute amendment will be added to this ordinance? …we expect that an amendment to this ordinance will be presented by the 4th Ward City Councilwomen Connie Robinson? …if approved this amendment will make this ordinance acceptable to the majority of City Council members for passage?IS IT TRUE that last week the Vanderburgh County Commissioners voted on an ordinance that changed the way the Vanderburgh County Council conducts their annual County Budget process? … that County Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave led the charge to craft this ordinance in a way that allows the County Commissioners to take control of certain parts of the County budget?IS IT TRUE that Commissioner Bruce Ungethiem voted with Commissioner Musgrave to approve this ordinance?  ..Commissioner Ben Shoulders voted NO on this ordinance?  …Mr. Shoulders stated that this budget issue could have been worked out through “better communication and dialogue with County Council”?IS IT TRUE we predict that the Vanderburgh County Commissioner race between Mike Duckworth and Jeff Hatfield will be a real doozy to watch?  …we’ve been told that Mayor Winnecke and the first lady of Evansville will be hosting a big-ticket fundraising event for County Commission candidate Mike Duckworth? …we’ve been told that the Mayor and his wife have promised to raise Mr. Duckworth $30,000 or more at this event?IS IT TRUE we are told that Vanderburgh County Commission candidate Jeff Hatfield has a  big fundraiser planned for the end of the month at KC’S Marina Point on the riverfront sponsored by a list of impressive local political movers and shakers?  …we are hearing that Jeff Hatfield finance report for June 12. 2018 will reveal that he has raised well over $70,000 so far since he announced his candidacy for the County Commission early last month?IS IT TRUE that the race for Vanderburgh County Prosecutor between incumbent Nick Hermann and former prosecutor Stan Levco is already heating up?  …we are told that this race is also going to be really exciting to watch?  …we are finding this race extremely hard to predict because some Republican office holders are not united behind Hermann and certain Democrat office holders are not united behind Levco?IS IT TRUE we are told that the electorate is getting tired of everytime they turned the TV on, read the local paper, look on Facebook they see Mayor Winnecke’s self-promoting himself? …people are just getting plainly tired of hearing and seeing the Mayor self-promotion ever hour, day, week and monthly? …we remember many years back that another Mayor of a major city lost her re-election bid for a third term because the electorate got sick and tired of her self-promotion?  …her name was Jane Burne the former Mayor of Chicago?IS IT TRUE isn’t there an election law that states that announced candidates for elected office are not allowed to do free public service announcements on social and mainstream media outlets?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: DO you feel that announced candidates for public office should be allowed to do public service commercials?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more