Singapore

Lawyers representing death row prisoners, activists and journalists face harassment in Singapore

Over the last few months, lawyers have faced harassment and punitive cost orders for their work defending individuals on death row. The authorities have questioned activists for their activism against the death penalty and an individual was convicted for a solo protest. The authorities have also sentenced a journalist and media contributor for defamation; censored a student; and denied a migrant worker a work permit because of his activism. The authorities also issued a correction direction against a news website. Read more

Lawyers representing death row prisoners, activists and journalists face harassment in Singapore

Singapore continues to restrict fundamental freedoms, despite downgrade in civic space rating

In recent months, the authorities banned a book on political cartoons and censorship and pulled the launch of a memoir written by a prominent civil society activist. Activist Jolovan Wham was convicted of violating the Public Order Act and ordered to pay a fine. Protesters who had called to end discrimination against LGBT+ groups were given police warnings. A report by international human rights group FIDH highlighted how Singapore’s laws and practices contravened international human rights standards on peaceful assembly Read more

Singapore continues to restrict fundamental freedoms, despite downgrade in civic space rating

Singapore passes draconian foreign interference law, rejects UN recommendations on civic space

Civic space in Singapore has continued to narrow, as the government passed an encompassing law on foreign interference, despite widespread dissent, which could be used to clamp down on fundamental freedoms. The authorities suspended the licence of the independent media outlet The Online Citizen (TOC), while the courts ruled in favour of the Prime Minister on accusations of defamation against the TOC editor and writer. The authorities rejected an application by an activist against a correction order under the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA), while a rapper has been charged with promoting feelings of ill will. Read more

Singapore passes draconian foreign interference law, rejects UN recommendations on civic space

Singapore PM listed as press freedom ‘predator’ as journalists continue to be targeted

In recent months, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was included in a list of violators of press freedom. Journalists have continued to face defamation and other charges for their reporting, there are reports of increasing surveillance and an individual has been charged under the Official Secrets Act. Read more

Singapore PM listed as press freedom ‘predator’ as journalists continue to be targeted

Singapore continues to stifle fundamental freedoms despite UN human rights review

In recent months, Singapore has continued to attack fundamental freedoms and use laws against critics and human rights defenders despite facing a UN review of its rights record. It has continued to wield repressive laws such as the Public Order Act and defamation provisions against human rights defenders, activists and journalists. It has also continued to criminalise individuals organising peaceful protests. Singapore has dropped two places in the Reporters Without Borders' World Press Freedom Index. Most recently, it issued a warning around an event discussing LGBTQI+ issues. Read more

Singapore continues to stifle fundamental freedoms despite UN human rights review

Singapore targets peaceful protesters and continues judicial harassment of critics

In recent months the Singaporean authorities have continued to use the restrictive Public Order Act to charge human rights activist Jolovan Wham, arrest LGBT activists and warn social media users against peacefully protesting. It has also continued to harass independent news outlet New Naratif and to prosecute critics for defamation. Read more

Singapore targets peaceful protesters and continues judicial harassment of critics

Singapore government continues to harass its critics as share of popular vote falls

In recent months, the authorities have continued to use the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) against its online critics. It is also continuing its harassment of critical news site New Naratif for allegedly breaking its restrictive election laws. Human rights defender Jolovan Whan spent 10 days in jail for holding a public discussion, while a group of Myanmar nationals are being investigated for holding a peaceful protest. NGOs are also calling for better protection of migrant workers. Read more

Singapore government continues to harass its critics as share of popular vote falls

Civic space restrictions continue unabated in Singapore despite COVID-19 pandemic, as election looms

In the past few months, Singapore has continued to crack down on lone protesters, sustained its use of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) to restrict freedom of expression online and harassed individuals under Singapore’s contempt of court law Read more

Civic space restrictions continue unabated in Singapore despite COVID-19 pandemic, as election looms

Singapore ramping up use of ‘fake news’ law against critics ahead of elections

Over the last few months, Singapore has been ramping up its use of the ‘Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act’ (POFMA) law against opposition groups, critical online media and a Malaysia human rights group. The Public Order law continues to be used to criminalise peaceful protest. Legal challenges to decriminalise gay sex are ongoing. Read more

Singapore ramping up use of ‘fake news’ law against critics ahead of elections

Singapore authorities threaten editor with libel and smear critical online news sites

The Singapore government has continued to take action to target the media, activists and others for criticising the government. An independent news website The Online Citizen (TOC) is being forced to take down a critical article, online news sites have been smeared as ‘advancing foreign interests’ while a human rights lawyer is being targeted for his anti-death penalty advocacy. Read more

Singapore authorities threaten editor with libel and smear critical online news sites