23 year old Ai Takagi, owner of the now defunct The Real Singapore (TRS) website was sentenced to 10 months jail after she was found guilty of 4 charges of Sedition. She was alleged to have promoted ill will and hostility between the different races or classes in Singapore with TRS publications which she authored.
One of the alleged seditious article was that a of Filipino family which caused a commotion between the police and Thaipusam participants last year. Ai Takagi is alleged to have faked the story.
Public prosecutor G Kannan claims that Ai Takagi posted such articles to drive up traffic numbers to TRS website so as to profit from it. Although TRS owners Ai Takagi and Yang Kaiheng have declined to reveal their advertising earnings as it has no direct bearings on their sedition case, the DPP claimed in Court that they earned over A$473,000 in advertising revenue over a 1.5 year period.
Ai Takagi’s husband, Mr Yang Kaiheng, the other alleged “owner” has denied all sedition charges and will claim trial to prove his innocence.