Tag: freedom of expression

Easter death metal show definitely cancelled, “no plans for postponement”

The controversial death metal concert by Singaporean band Devouror is definitely cancelled, much to the dismay of fans and delight of critics. Goatlordth Records, the organiser of the gig, stated that there are no plans to move the performance to a later date. The decision...

Concerned citizens express their wariness of “fake news” bill

Singapore – A concerned citizen had to do reality checks a few times while going through the draft of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill. The bill, which was read for the first time in Parliament on Apr 1 (Mon), is basically an...

Local groups call for greater freedom of expression in Singapore as Jolovan Wham faces investigations

Singapore – On Mar 26 (Tues), 25 different local groups released a statement calling for greater freedom of expression in light of the charges against Jolovan Wham. “We are a group of citizens who are deeply troubled by the mounting charges that social worker and...

Cherian George on the workings of the media: This is exactly what Lee Kuan Yew designed the press system to do

Cherian George, professor of media studies in the journalism department of Hong Kong Baptist University wrote a post on his website Air-Conditioned Nation about the pseudo-freedom of the press, adding that the way the press behaves today was “exactly what Lee Kuan Yew designed...

Whose freedom of speech are we talking about here?

By: Bryan Gan Thomas Paine famously wrote: “He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that reach to himself.” There are very few cases besides free expression that this...

PM vs Roy: Why it’s unnecessary

By Augustine Low President Barack Obama recently joked that when he leaves office after his eight-year term, Fox News would miss him sorely. Obama has been the butt of constant attacks and accusations by the cable and satellite news television channel, many of them unfounded and...

PM vs Roy: Why it is necessary

By Tan Bah Bah Some netizens may disagree with me, and I hope not to be proven wrong. Roy Ngerng has so far gotten off lightly, in monetary terms (aggravated damages) though not necessarily in public standing. At issue was an allegation that CPF funds...

Replaying the dissident voice

An interview with the author of Dissident Voices, Clement Mesenas How and why did you write the book? I was commissioned by the publishers, who told me that they had a grant for such a book. The idea was that that such a book would help...

Why I came back to Singapore, Wong Souk Yee

Wong Souk Yee knows the old Singapore and the new Singapore. In 1986, wide-eyed and excited about life, she presented a play, Esperanza, at the local Art Festival Fringe. More than a year after the staging of this play about the tyranny of an employer...