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Turkey's crackdown propels number of journalists in jail worldwide to record high

December 13, 2016 12:00 AM ET

At least 81 journalists are imprisoned in Turkey, all of them facing anti-state charges, in the wake of an unprecedented crackdown that has included the shuttering of more than 100 news outlets. The 259 journalists in jail worldwide is the highest number recorded since 1990. A CPJ special report by...

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Proposed law on contempt of court threatens press freedom in Singapore

August 5, 2016 1:59 PM ET

Bangkok, August 5, 2016 - Singaporean lawmakers should scrap proposed legislation on what constitutes contempt of court in news reporting and public commentary, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The draft law's penalties for violations, including possible prison terms for criticizing the judiciary, threaten to entrench more self-censorship...

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Singapore court sentences online editor for sedition

March 24, 2016 12:04 PM ET

Bangkok, March 24, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Singaporean court's sentencing Wednesday of an Australian editor of a now-defunct independent Singaporean news website, and calls on authorities to stop jailing journalists and censoring websites....

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Blogger in Singapore faces financial ruin following defamation suit

June 23, 2015 1:54 PM ET

"If we want our freedom, we have to fight for it," wrote blogger Roy Ngerng last year after he was sued for defamation by Singapore's prime minister. The case was sparked by a blog post in which Ngerng allegedly suggested Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had misappropriated funds in...

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Singaporean authorities shut down The Real Singapore news website

May 5, 2015 11:19 AM ET

Bangkok, May 5, 2015--Singaporean authorities on Sunday ordered an independent news website to be shut down, citing the website's content as being objectionable to state interests, according to news reports. The Real Singapore is the first news website to be shut down under Singapore's licensing regulations, introduced in 2013, according...

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For clues to censorship in Hong Kong, look to Singapore, not Beijing

April 27, 2015 11:01 AM ET

When journalists covering pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014, got word that protesters were having problems with cell phone service, it appeared to be a familiar response from governments across the world to dissent....

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Singapore blogger jailed for critical Lee Kuan Yew video

March 30, 2015 3:43 PM ET

New York, March 30, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the arrest on Sunday of a teenage video blogger in Singapore and calls on authorities to release him immediately....

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Lee Kuan Yew's legacy

March 22, 2015 5:18 PM ET

What to make of Singapore's first and former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who died Monday morning in the city-state? Under the banner of the People's Action Party, Lee held government power for three decades. After stepping away from the prime minister's office in 1990, he held positions of senior...

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Singapore blogger convicted of contempt of court

January 23, 2015 3:21 PM ET

New York, January 23, 2015--A Singapore court on Thursday convicted a blogger on contempt of court charges in connection with an article he wrote that was critical of the judiciary, news reports said....

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In Singapore, blogger under pressure, CPF under scrutiny

July 2, 2014 11:16 AM ET

A critical Singaporean blogger continues to suffer financial and legal pressure because of a blog post that allegedly accused the city-state's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, of corruption. The episode is part of a disturbing pattern of government legal and financial pressure on critics, but it is also a...

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