Stories about Singapore

7 April 2017

Southeast Asian Leaders Use ‘Fake News’ to Justify Tighter Media Laws and Intimidate Their Critics

Singapore plans to update its Broadcasting Act, Philippine House Speaker is proposing to regulate social media, and Cambodian officials are mimicking Donald Trump by calling unfavorable news "fake".

5 August 2016

Justice as Usual, or Attack on Free Speech? Debunking Singapore’s Contempt-of-Court Bill

"Leaving people confused over what can or can’t be said will have a chilling effect, whatever the intention of the law, further entrenching a culture of self-censorship and passive citizenship."

7 July 2016

Why Did Facebook Remove a Post Criticizing Singapore Police?

After police searched political activist and civil rights lawyer Teo Soh Lung's home and computer without a warrant, she posted about it on Facebook. Then her post was taken down.

15 June 2016

Singapore Plans to Pull the Plug on Internet Access for Public Servants

"Computer security is important in the modern workplace, but it should not be an excuse to revert to dumb or blind practice."

2 June 2016

Singapore Police Seize Computers, Demand Passwords From Advocates Over Facebook Posts

"I insisted I wanted to know my rights and whether it was legal for them to do what they were doing. They would not let me speak to [my lawyer]."

30 June 2015

Jailed in Singapore For Criticizing a Former Prime Minister, But Still Blogging

"Everyday my cellmates would eagerly wait for that light to dissipate, knowing that another day has passed, and they’re one day closer to attaining their freedom."

24 June 2015

Arrested for Criticizing a Former Prime Minister, Singaporean Teen Blogger Amos Yee is Now Being Evaluated for Autism

Amos Yee was arrested last March after he uploaded a YouTube video criticizing Lee Kuan Yew. After several rounds of court hearings, authorities have decided to evaluate Yee for autism.

19 June 2015

Singaporean Teenage Video Blogger Sent to ‘Rehabilitation’ For Offensive YouTube Video

According to Amnesty International, the 16-year old Amos Yee is the youngest prisoner of conscience in the world today.

8 May 2015

Singapore Shuts Down News Website on World Press Freedom Day

"The (government's) draconian measures...legitimize excessive intervention by the state and set a precedent for the diminution of our online space."

21 April 2015

Singaporean Teenager Arrested for Making Videos Deemed ‘Offensive’

"Apart from the problems of using handcuffs on minors, is this really a proportional response to a YouTube video?"