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Daily Archives: 2019-04-25

Prominent journalists express concern over POFMA’s impact on their practices in a letter to Comms and Info Minister S Iswaran

27 journalists, including Clare Rewcastle-Brown of Sarawak Report and editor-in-chief of Southeast Asian affairs platform New Naratif Kirsten Han, have signed a letter expressing concern regarding the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill on Wed (24 Apr). The letter, which was addressed to Minister of Communications and Information S Iswaran, criticised the Bill’s “failure to take into account the …

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Without even and just Rule of Law, society breaks down

by Brad Bowyer Most commentators on governance say besides free and fair elections the next most important defining characteristic of any democracy is the rule of law. While the people choose their leaders and representatives through elections, the rule of law defines the relationship between the leaders and the people between those elections. So, what is the rule of law? …

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Sixteen arrested in last two weeks for duty-unpaid cigarette activities

Sixteen men were arrested in the last two weeks for their involvement in duty-unpaid cigarette activities. In a Facebook post on Wednesday (24 April), Singapore Customs stated that the 12 Singaporeans, three Chinese nationals and a Malaysian were arrested in a series of operations conducted island-wide by Singapore Customs officers to clamp down on duty-unpaid cigarette activities. According to the …

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Details revealed by former editor of The New Paper of how the press was manipulated by PAP in 1997 to fix Workers’ Party politicians

Bertha Henson former Associate Editor of The Straits Times wrote on her blog, Bertha Harian, about the upcoming book written by former editor of The New Paper, Mr P N Balji called The Reluctant Editor. The book promises stories from Mr Balji’s times as editor in both Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Mediacorp – described by Ms Henson as ‘nuggets of …

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So do we have the rule of law or rule by law?

by Brad Bowyer “How can it be that so much energy is poured into a law that appears to protect institutions over individuals while individuals who are actually proven to have been harmed see no justice or protection?” So do we have the rule of law or rule by law? When law ceases to protect the people but is used …

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Police investigating 19-year-old man for criminal trespass, taking photographs of another man in NTU hall bathroom

Another incident involving voyeurism on university residential hall grounds has arisen as a 19-year-old man is being investigated for allegedly photographing another man in the shower at a residential hall toilet in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) last Sun (21 Apr). Police told The Straits Times that they had received a 999 call for assistance at around 1.11 p.m. on Sun …

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NTU, SMU to implement changes in handling sexual harassment on campuses

In the wake of criticisms against the National University of Singapore (NUS) for its handling of a sexual harassment case involving two of its undergraduate students, two universities – the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU) will be introducing new measures to combat the prevalence of sexual harassment on campus. TODAY reported that NTU has announced, via …

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