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EU Lawmakers is trying (again) to make Google Pay for Google News

The European Commission (EU) is proposing a law that would let news publishers across the EU charge companies like Google for reproducing parts of their articles. Fortune News reported on 31 August, that a similar idea failed when it was tried in Germany and Spain, but now the German digital commissioner, Günther Oettinger, is going to include it in his …

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BBC interview with Pingtjin Thum and Sui Yi Siong on new Contempt of Court Law

Historian Thum Pingtjin, known as PJ Thum, and lawyer Sui Yi Siong shared their views on the recently passed Administration of Justice (Protection) Act – the Contempt of Court Law, on a BBC program. Mr Sui is a Legal Associate at Harry Elias Partnership, and Mr Thum is a Research Associate at the Centre for Global History and coordinator of Project Southeast Asia …

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Why should you be worried about the new law for Contempt of Court

Any comment can be deemed in contempt of court Under the new Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill, any comment can be deemed in contempt. The definition of “publish” is extremely broad: it includes disseminating, exhibiting or communicating to even one member of the public, your friend, your relative or to a stranger. This means that if you share or retweet a …

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Lawrence Wong : “Changes to Town Council Act by end of the year”

National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said on Sunday (July 24) that changes to the law on Town Councils Act to ensure public funds are managed properly can be expected by the end of the year. The changes will, among other things, ensure that town councils have a “proper governance structure,” he told reporters after a ministerial visit to Kebun Baru …

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New bill on Contempt of Court proposes unusually harsh punishment

By Remy Choo The striking thing about the Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill is the potential punishment for Contempt of Court appear to be very harsh: a fine of up to S$100,000 or imprisonment of up to 3 years or both in the case of contempt jurisdiction exercised by the High Court. In what was described as the “worst case …

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Curtailment of Foreign Sponsorship at Speakers’ Corner – an impotent and purposeless exercise

By George Hwang On 7 Jun 2016, the Ministry of Home Affairs (“MHA”) issued a press release against foreign sponsorships of Pink Dot. Subsequently, it was reported that MHA would be reviewing the rules governing usage of Speakers’ Corner. This unprecedented move lacks sound policy reasoning. The claim that foreign entities should not interfere with our domestic issues is superficial. …

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Singapore’s public servants to be cut off from internet at their work soon?

Straits Times reported on Wednesday that all computers used officially by public servants in Singapore will be cut off from the Internet from May next year to tighten data security. The newspaper states that it had learnt about a memo going out to all government agencies, ministries and statutory boards in Singapore about the Internet blockade a year from now. It …

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Government in talks for stricter laws to combat errant retailers

After a series of high-profile convictions of errant retailers in Sim Lin Square, the Government has proposed changes in legislature that would allow stricter action to be taken against these retailers. The proposed amendments will affect the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act. The proposed changes to the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act will give more power to the Standards, Productivity …

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Snippets from Lord Anthony Lester’s book, “Five ideas to fight for”

By Tan Wah Piow I can now share some snippets from Lord Anthony Lester book Five Ideas to Fight For. Lord Lester QC in this week’s BBC Hardtalk interview described British judges in the earlier years as “reactionary and blinkered.” In the book he made reference to a 1980 death penalty case. He represented Ong Ah Chuan in an appeal …

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