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Increasing use of judicial system in Singapore to silence critics

In January 2019, Jolovan Wham, a human rights defender was found guilty by the Singapore District Court for organising an ‘illegal assembly without a police permit’ in violation of the Public Order Act, and for refusing to sign a police statement Read more

Increasing use of judicial system in Singapore to silence critics

Singapore cracks down on critical news websites to silence dissent

In November 2018, Singapore blocked a critical news website and is investigating another on charges of defamation. Read more

Singapore cracks down on critical news websites to silence dissent

Civil society calls for all restrictions to be lifted ahead of elections as persecution continues

As Thailand inches closer to holding long-delayed elections, peaceful protesters , government critics and opposition politicians continue to face investigations and charges Read more

Civil society calls for all restrictions to be lifted ahead of elections as persecution continues

Fake news law proposal, another tool to crackdown on critics

In September 2018, a parliamentary Select Committee on” deliberate online falsehoods” made 22 recommendations to halt the viral spread of fake news including the adoption of laws Read more

Fake news law proposal, another tool to crackdown on critics

Critics of military junta continue to be criminalised

The military junta continues to use sedition and other laws restricting expression and assembly against its critics. The courts have thrown out cases of criminal defamation filed by businesses. In the Deep South activists continue to be detained under martial law. Read more

Critics of military junta continue to be criminalised

Singapore Public Order Act used to restrict or criminalise expression and peaceful assembly

Civil society groups believe the Public Order and Safety (Special Powers) Act 2018 passed by the Parliament in March 2018 poses an additional threat to fundamental freedoms in Singapore. Read more

Singapore Public Order Act used to restrict or criminalise expression and peaceful assembly

Prosecution of activist Jolovan Wham reinforces climate of intimidation against dissent

Human rights activist Jolovan Wham was charged by the authorities in November 2017 for his involvement in several peaceful protests. There are concerns about a proposed bill to curb 'fake news' that could be used to further regulate and curtail online space. Read more

Prosecution of activist Jolovan Wham reinforces climate of intimidation against dissent

Lèse-majesté laws used to silence dissidents

As previously covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, unwarranted restrictions on freedom of expression can be used to silence dissidents in Thailand. In a recent example, Sulak Sivaraksa, an outspoken critic of Thai authorities was indicted on the 10th October 2017. Read more

Lèse-majesté laws used to silence dissidents

Regional and national civil society condemn Thai government's new media law

Freedom of expression in Thailand is worsening due to restrictive legislation passed in early May.
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Regional and national civil society condemn Thai government's new media law