Terry Xu

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Singapore High Court rules that The Online Citizen bloggers defamed prime minister

Bangkok, September 3, 2021 – The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed alarm at the Singapore High Court’s ruling awarding Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong more than US$156,500 in damages in defamation suits against bloggers Terry Xu and Rubaashini Shunmuganathan. The High Court on September 1 ruled that Xu, chief editor of The Online Citizen news blog,…

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Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is seen in Singapore on November 15, 2018. The prime minister recently threatened to sue the editor of a local news website for libel. (AFP/Lillian Suwanrumpha)

Singapore prime minister threatens to sue The Online Citizen for libel

Bangkok, September 3, 2019 — Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong should drop his legal threat against news website The Online Citizen and cease his government’s long-running legal harassment of independent media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Singapore's Merlion statue is lit up in front of the city skyline in March 2018. Authorities are investigating a criminal defamation complaint against an independent news website. (AFP/Roslan Rahman)

Singapore police seize equipment, interrogate editor of The Online Citizen

On November 20, 2018, five police officers seized a desktop computer, mobile devices, and laptops from the Singapore home of Terry Xu, chief editor of the independent news website The Online Citizen, according to news reports. Xu was summoned to the city-state’s Cantonment Complex at 3pm that day, where authorities interrogated him for over eight…

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