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Attacks on the Press in 2005 - Snapshots: Singapore

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date February 2006
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A government agency threatened to file a defamation suit against blogger Jiahao Chen, prompting him to shut down his Web site on April 26 and post an apology. Officials frequently use civil libel suits in Singapore to silence dissent in the traditional media, but this was the first reported threat of legal action against a blogger.

Police began an investigation in May of independent documentary filmmaker Martyn See under the country's Films Act. The act bans "party political" films; violation of the ban carries a penalty of up to 100,000 Singapore dollars (about US$60,000) in fines or two years in jail. See was forced to withdraw "Singapore Rebel" – which chronicles the civil disobedience of an opposition activist – from the Singapore International Film Festival in March. Police later questioned See and confiscated his camera and existing copies of the film.

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