Is Singapore Ruled by Law?

September 29, 2006 at 12:08 am (Media, Other Countries)


Singapore banned Far Eastern Economic Review today.

In August, FEER was sued by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his father Lee Kuan Yew for defamation, after the magazine published an interview of an opposition politician.

The ban, however, was not issued by the court, but by the government. And the reason was, quite “unreasonably”, that the magazine didn’t appoint a legal representative and pay a 200,000 Singapore dollar (US$126,000) bond, a new requirement imposed on foreign publications. The new rule was released by the authority in August, after FEER published its allegedly defamatory story. Click here to read story on the lawsuit from the International Herald Tribune.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Singapore Bans Business Publication

Singapore has banned the Far Eastern Economic Review, a magazine that published an article about an opposition politician in the city-state, after it didn’t comply with requirements that it appoint a legal representative and pay a 200,000 Singapore dollar (US$126,000) bond.

In August, Singapore imposed tighter restrictions on foreign publications, including FEER, Newsweek, Time, the Financial Times and the International Herald Tribune.

The ministry said FEER would be classified as an “offshore newspaper” and had to appoint a legal representative in Singapore and pay the bond by Sept. 11.

“It is a privilege and not a right for foreign newspapers to circulate in Singapore,” the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts said in a statement.

The ministry warned that it is now an offense to import the magazine or reproduce it for distribution (more).



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