From “Stop suing journalists”, 26 March 2010 Article in ST online
‘A foreign news organisation (New York Times Company) has yet again been forced to apologise to you and your father and pay you a large sum of money for publishing an article you did not like,’ (Reporters without Borders secretary general) Julliard said, urging the Singapore government to ‘put a stop to the libel actions’ being taken against journalists
‘We have no comment,’ the prime minister’s press secretary Chen Huai Liang said in response to an AFP query.
A case of inadvertent exposure no doubt. Singaporeans erstwhile oblivious to the notorious article will surely flood the International Herald Tribune website searching for it (Shortcut here). Surely a printed apology would suffice here. We already have a Singapore Cane wrestling match ridiculing our penal system. What’s the Americans to make of this then? A Libel-lation match where wrestlers beat each other to pulp with files and statutes? For those who take this issue a little more seriously, check out Jacob’s blog for more details.