Tag: Jolovan Wham

Jolovan Wham slapped with S$5,000 fine for contempt of court, insists he has nothing to apologise for

Singapore—Almost a year to the day that he put up a Facebook post saying that Singapore's courts are not as independent as Malaysia's when it comes to cases that have political implications, activist Jolovan Wham has been fined S$5,000 for contempt of court. But the...

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...

Prosecutors: S$10-15K fine for Jolovan Wham and jail time for SDP’s John Tan Liang Joo over controversial Facebook post

Singapore —The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) have made known what sentences they are seeking for Jolovan Wham and John Tan Liang Joo over their controversial Facebook posts. Prosecutors are seeking a fine of between S$10,000 and S$15,000 for Mr Wham, as well as jail time...

Activist Jolovan Wham under new police investigation for holding paper outside State Courts without permit

Singapore – Social worker and human rights activist, Jolovan Wham, is once more being investigated by Singaporean police. This time, for allegedly protesting outside the State Courts without a valid permit. On December 13 last year, Wham posted a picture in his Instagram account of...

On Jolovan Wham’s arrest and the making of “repression costly to the state”

Singapore – With the recent sentencing of local activist Jolovan Wham to 16 days imprisonment in place of an S$3,200 fine for holding an event without a police permit, the spotlight on human rights and the freedom of speech is as bright as ever. On...

UN Experts on Jolovan Wham conviction: “Singapore should act to amend the Public Order Act”

According to United Nations' experts on human rights, Singapore’s Public Order Act needs to be amended in order to assure individuals their freedom of expression. The United Nations Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued a statement on Tuesday, January 29,...

Of activists, journalists and a strawberry leadership

Something should be said about two recent incidents affecting the free speech space in Singapore. The first is guilty verdict of activist Jolovan Wham and opposition member John Tan, both who posted messages on their own Facebook pages that were deemed to be scandalising...

Jolovan Wham says MOM should ban employers from keeping maids’ phones, netizens respond with own experiences

Human rights activist Jolovan Wham, fresh from being found guilty of scandalizing the judiciary under the new contempt of court laws this week, is causing a bit of a stir on social media by calling on the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to forbid employers...

Jolovan Wham and John Tan convicted for criticizing judiciary

Under the new contempt of court laws that became effective in October 2017, civil rights activist Jolovan Wham and senior opposition politician John Tan Liang Joo have been found guilty of criticizing the judiciary. Earlier this year, the two men separately put up posts on...

Singaporeans slam activist Jolovan Wham for saying burning the state flag should come under freedom of expression

Yet again, many Singaporeans have taken to social media to call out activist Jolovan Wham for his comment on Twitter as to how burning the state flag it should be considered freedom of expression. Others also brought up his recent meeting with Malaysian Prime...