Freest press in Southeast Asia?

October 23, 2007

rsf.jpegRSF’s 2007 press freedom index (rankings for Southeast Asia):

Cambodia tops the list (ranked 85 in the world), followed by Timor-Leste (94), Indonesia (100), Malaysia (124), Philippines (128), Thailand (135), Singapore (141), Laos (161), Vietnam (162), Burma (164). Find out why.

Brunei is not ranked due to lack of data.


Singapore’s leading cyber-dissident tells how he became one

January 8, 2007

Nope, contrary to popular perception, they’re not all gone.

We’re talking about dissenters in Singapore, and Robert Ho is one of them, ruling in cyberspace, under his real name – which makes him even more a rarity. Arrested four times for the unspeakable crime of exercising free expression and remanded thrice at a mental institution by the Singapore authorities, Ho is still up and at it on his blog and regularly contributes to the Singapore Review.

Martyn See, filmmaker of “The Singapore Rebel” and no stranger to the Singapore government’s tolerance for dissent, interviews Ho via email and phone in December 2006. Read what makes Ho who he is here.

Singapore’s key opposition leader freed earlier for good behaviour

December 18, 2006

alerts-button-1.jpgThe Singapore government released vocal opposition leader Dr Chee Soon Juan from prison on 16 December 2006, two weeks short of the five-week term meted out to him for speaking in public without a permit. Read the rest of this entry »

Singapore opposition leader and two party members imprisoned for exercising right to free speech

November 28, 2006

phpgow4hr.jpegalerts-button-1.jpgSingapore opposition leader Dr. Chee Soon Juan has been imprisoned for five weeks following a 24 November 2006 court verdict which found him and two other party members guilty of breaching the city-state’s restrictions on free speech.

Chee, the secretary general of the Singapore Democratic Party, refused to pay the alternative sentence meted out to him – a fine of S$5,000 (approx. US$3,225).

Local news site “Today Online” reports that this is the fifth time in seven years that Chee has opted to be imprisoned instead of paying a fine for speaking out. Click here for Chee’s parting shot. Read the rest of this entry »

Singapore reviews Penal Code, placing more curbs on free expression

November 9, 2006

alerts-button-1.jpgA review of Singapore’s Penal Code will see further curtailment of the already limited freedoms in the city-state notorious for its intolerance to basic free expression and assembly rights.

The Singapore government is introducing 19 new offences and expanding the scope of 19 existing offences, to “bring the Penal Code up to date, and make it more effective in maintaining a safe and secure society in today’s context,” read a statement on the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Read the rest of this entry »

Singapore bans circulation of FEER

September 29, 2006

alerts-button-1.jpgThe Singapore Government has revoked the sale and distribution approval for the “Far Eastern Economic Review” (FEER) after the monthly magazine failed to comply with two requirements under the Newspaper and Printing Presses Act, reports the local “Channel News Asia” on its website. Read the rest of this entry »

Singapore detains and deports journalist, prevents him from covering trial

September 25, 2006

alerts-button-1.jpgA foreign reporter who has been following a trial in Singapore was detained while attempting to re-enter the country on 24 September 2006, reports “The Epoch Times”. Read the rest of this entry »