The Online Citizen stands in Solidarity with Dr. PJ Thum and New Naratif

Historian and Managing Director of the New Naratif, Dr. PJ Thum has been summoned again for questioning by the Singapore Police yet again over New Naratif’s alleged illegal conduct under s83(2) of the Parliamentary Elections Act (PEA) during the 2020 General Election. The police are interrogating Dr. Thum over five election-related Facebook posts boosted by … Read more

Civil society organisations reiterate their call for S’pore authorities to drop police report against New Naratif

The Singapore police have summoned PJ Thum, Founder and Managing Director at New Naratif, for another round of questioning on Friday (5 Mar). According to PJ Thum, the police have declined to return his laptop and phone, which were seized on 18 September 2020, until the conclusion of the ongoing investigation. Following this, Amnesty International, … Read more

International and regional civil society organisations urge Singapore Govt’ to withdraw police report against New Naratif, claiming that the law is “particularly problematic”

Several international and regional civil society organisations have called on the Government to immediately withdraw its police report against independent regional journalism outlet New Naratif, and to stop “abusing the law to harass” human rights defenders and independent journalists. Just today (2 Oct), a joint statement issued by the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), … Read more

Academics around the world urge PM Lee Hsien Loong to drop case against New Naratif in open letter

A group of 52 academics from universities around the world have issued a letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, urging him to drop the case against independent regional journalism outlet New Naratif and to reform the country’s Parliamentary Elections Act, specifically to narrow its scope and protect media freedom. On 18 September, the Elections … Read more

ELD investigates New Naratif over 5 paid ads published during GE; AsiaOne ran 148 paid ads related to GE but no action taken

The socio-political website New Naratif, which founded and managed by historian Thum Ping Tjin, was recently accused by the Assistant Returning Officer (ARO) of breaching election rules over the period of the General Elections (GE) in July 2020. The Elections Department (ELD) said in a statement on 18 September that the ARO had issued three … Read more

Mobile phone and laptop seized from New Naratif director by Police over report made by ELD

A mobile phone and laptop have been seized by the Singapore Police from Dr Thum Ping Tjin, managing director of New Naratif, on Monday afternoon (21 Sept) after he was interviewed by the Police for over four hours at the Clementi Police Station. The investigation on Dr Thum is in relation to a police report … Read more