Update: Wanbao apologizes to Nicole Seah in print (29 Nov)

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Statement by members of the general public on the AGC’s action against Mr Alex Au

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Statement by members of the general public on the Attorney General’s Chambers’ action against Mr Au for his blog posts.

29 November 2013

We are deeply concerned that the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) has been granted leave to take action against Singaporean blogger, Mr Alex Au, for “scandalising the judiciary” in his blog post, “377 Wheels Come Off Supreme Court’s Best Laid Plans”.

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Maruah media statement on Mr Alex Au and the MDA regulatory framework

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29 November 2013

We write to express our dismay at the attempt to prosecute Mr Alex Au for contempt of court and the reports about the Media Development Authority (MDA) seeking to regulate online media platforms the Breakfast Network and The Independent Singapore.

The members of MARUAH, as Singapore citizens and human rights activists, are concerned that these actions will further shrink the space for public discourse in Singapore. Robust debate, diverse views, questioning and criticism, as well as a healthy media landscape, are all critical to the development of a functional democracy.

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Media’s apology to Nicole Seah should be in PRINT

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Written by Ng E-Jay
29 November 2013

AsiaOne and Lianhe Wanbao have apologized to Nicole Seah for their highly misleading and insulting remarks that suggested she was seeing a married man. It has been clarified that the man in question is actually divorced.

AsiaOne wrote on their online portal:

AsiaOne would like to unreservedly apologise to Miss Nicole Seah and to Mr Steven Goh for any distress and inconvenience caused by an article posted on AsiaOne on Tuesday, November 26, 2013.

The headline of the article, “Nicole Seah uploads photo of her with a man believed to be married”, as well as the first line of the article which mirrored the headline, did not correctly reflect the rest of the article’s content, which indicated that Mr Goh, the man in the photo, is divorced and not presently married.

Adrian Tay
Editor, AsiaOne

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In solidarity with Nicole Seah

November 27, 2013 by · 3 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
27 November 2013

Nicole Seah, former general elections candidate for Marina Parade GRC and a current CEC member of the National Solidarity Party (NSP), posted a heartfelt message on Facebook last week detailing the turmoil she experienced in her personal life in the past year.

When I read her Facebook message, I was touched by what she described and I could only imagine how much courage it must have taken to endure the events of her personal life after GE2011, which included rape threats, an emotional meltdown, a panic attack, the illness of a loved one, getting fired from her job, exhaustion due to the demands and expectations made of her, feeling helpless at having insufficient resources to help the needy folk she encountered, feeling insecure and self-conscious, and encountering men of unworthy intentions.

But to add salt to the wound, the mainstream media, like a malevolent predator smelling the blood of prey, pounced with its legendary viciousness, and smeared Nicole Seah with defamatory remarks that she was seeing a married man.

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Wrapping up the Purple Light fiasco

November 21, 2013 by · 1 Comment
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Written by Ng E-Jay
21 November 2013

Last week, it was reported that the women’s advocacy group AWARE complained to MINDEF about sexist and offensive lyrics in a popular army song, Purple Light. It was initially reported that MINDEF subsequently banned the song, but it was later clarified that MINDEF had not axed the song entirely, but merely ordered that the offending lyrics be removed that the original verses be restored, which are not offensive or misogynistic.

This created a furore in cyberspace, and netizens fell quickly into two dividing camps. One camp claimed that AWARE had done the right thing, and that sexism and misogyny should not be tolerated in this day and age. The other camp claimed that AWARE had no right to interfere in men’s affairs — in effect, perpetuating the very same sexism that AWARE has been trying to root out all these years.

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Crackdown against online harassment: govt must be transparent

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Written by Ng E-Jay
20 November 2013

I welcome the government’s move to crack down on online harassment. But it is vital that the new laws must be carefully crafted, and the process of implementing and enforcing them must be transparent, lest anti-bullying legislation becomes a convenient tool to silence legitimate dissent or deny the right of commentators to engage in vigorous and sometimes emotional debate.

Law Minister K Shanmugam has said that a review of legal provisions to address the issue of online harassment could take place early next year, and that conduct which is considered unacceptable in the physical world must also be resisted in the virtual world. According to a 2012 survey by Microsoft, Singapore had the second highest rate of online bullying of youths aged 8 to 17, just behind China.

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Sympathies to shopkeepers genuinely affected by trade fairs, but latest saga smacks of politicking

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Written by Ng E-Jay
15 November 2013

Shopkeepers in Hougang Central have handed AHPeTC a petition protesting against the numerous trade fairs being held in the vicinity that they allege have hurt their businesses by as much as 80%.

The trade fairs are held at the communal space in front of Hougang Mall, which AHPeTC leases to organizers for a fee, and the fairs are said to last for up to two weeks at a time. According to the shopkeepers, these trade fairs have been running one after another in quick succession since April, and they dread the major fair coming up in time for the December and January holiday season.

The shopkeepers claim that the fairs are able to sell similar products cheaply due to their low overheads, whilst they have to contend with higher overheads like fixed housing board rentals.

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