Freedom of Speech

SG GOVT SAYS FREE SPEECH ALLOWED, BUT WHOLE WORLD THINKS DIFFERENT

I refer to the High Commissioner of Singapore, London’s letter “Free speech in Singapore” (The Economist, Mar 17). It states that ““Grumble and be damned” (March 11th) alleged a lack of free speech in Singapore. Yet Singaporeans have free access to information and the internet, including to The Economist and the BBC.

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A GUIDE TO WHAT YOU CAN & CANNOT WRITE UNDER S'PORE LAW

I refer to the article “Views sought on Bill covering Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital” (Straits Times, Jan 11). Parliament said it is an offence for any person to publish any evidence given, or any documents presented to the committee, or extracts, before the committee has presented its report to Parliament.”

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AMOS YEE SEEKS ASYLUM IN US

According to Chinese newspaper South China Morning Post, famous blogger Amos Yee has sought political asylum in the United States of America (USA). He is currently in the custody of the USA and is seeking help from his US-based legal team which Amos had approached.

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AMOS YEE IS A POLITICAL PRISONER, IN JAIL BECUZ S'POREANS ARE TOO IMMATURE TO DEBATE WITH HIM

Amos Yee is an atheist and an anarchist. There is nothing wrong with that. He made those videos not with malice or malintent. He was just expressing himself and his thoughts. So if Muslims living in America believe in freedom of speech and can debate Amos Yee, why is it that in Singapore, the strategic space is much smaller and restricted? Amos Yee go to jail purely as a political prisoner. He is a prisoner of conscience. He never killed or raped anyone. It's a political punishment.

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NUS KENT HALL URGES STUDENTS TO BLOCK ASS WEBSITE, STOPS STUDENTS FROM POSTING DATING GAME MATERIAL ONLINE

NUS Kent Ridge Hall are getting their residents to boycott ASS, so as to prevent the news from spreading.

They call it "malicious" trolling but why haven't anyone step up to deny the allegations? Are they afraid of people knowing the truth, going as far as asking the entire hall population to unfollow, block and report ASS to "protect" the hall?

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EDITORS SHOULD BE MORE DISCERNING WHEN REPORTING SUICIDES

Studies and research (*see references below) have shown that there is a strong co-relation between reports of suicide cases and copycat suicides. This is especially so for teenage suicides. The recent spate of teenage suicides in Singapore is a grave concern. Having had working experience with the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS), it is indeed true that teenagers are in the high-risk group. This is understandable, given the heightened emotional and volatile make-up of teenagers in general.

It is important that journalists and editors; the print and online media strive to exercise restraint in reporting suicide cases. The following are the media guidelines which the World Health Organization and others endorse for the coverage of any suicide :

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