free 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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AMOS YEE FORCED TO STAY IN JAIL DUE TO DONALD TRUMP'S CRACKDOWN AGAINST MIGRANTS

Trump's recent order against immigrants coming into the US has greatly affected me. I came to America after being arrested twice in my country of origin, Singapore, for criticizing the Singapore Government and religion, to seek asylum and finally live in a place where I'm able to exercise my free speech. Having to be sent to American jail for simply asking for protection in the US is bad enough, but the recent orders issued by Trump has now as you have evidently seen, leaves people who fought for free speech in their countries languishing in distress during their time of need, and unlike how the anti-SJWs use the term, Trump's actions are genuinely quite anti-free speech. Please share this post and tell your friends about this awful effect of Trump's actions.

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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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WHAT IS THE GOVT'S REAL INTENT FOR THE NEW ANTI-HARASSMENT LAW

The Government is making its move to tighten their invisible net on the Net by introducing tougher laws against harassment online. Just how far will they go with these laws? What is harassment? How will it be defined? There are 1,001 degrees of what constitutes harassment. Is a political cartoon or a meme mocking govt leaders deemed as harassment? Is using an anonymous profile to question and critique a Minister on his Facebook page or to tweet a not so nice comment considered cyber bullying or even harassment of the minister?

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‘Not easy’ to enforce proposed anti-harassment law

A proposed anti-harassment Bill that will be tabled in Parliament on Monday is likely to deter extreme forms of behaviour in cyberspace, such as the lynch mob mentality, but the jury is still out as to whether it can be effectively enforced if passed. Several lawyers and academics told TODAY that the proposed Protection from Harassment Bill will send a strong signal that bullying or harassing behaviour will not be tolerated. Victims of cyber bullying or harassment will also have the strength of the law to aid them in seeking recourse, said criminal defence litigator Sunil Sudheesan. Mr Sunil felt it would be difficult to bring individuals who flout the new law anonymously to justice. While the court has the power to direct third parties to remove offending materials under the proposed Bill, Mr Sunil said: “If something goes viral, the spread and damage cannot be mitigated. The efficacy of the take-down orders will be limited if they are granted too late in the day.”

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