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Singapore activist found guilty of contempt of court
SINGAPORE — A Singaporean activist and an opposition politician were yesterday found guilty of contempt of court for seperate Facebook posts criticising the country’s judiciary.
Social worker and human rights activist Jolovan Wham wrote a Facebook post in April saying that judges in neighbouring Malaysia were more independent than their counterparts in Singapore on cases with political implications.
He had made the observation as he commented on a legal challenge filed by a Malaysian online news portal against that country’s law against fake news.
Singapore’s AttorneyGeneral’s Chambers (AGC) initiated contempt of court proceedings against Wham for scandalising the judiciary.
John Tan, a politician with the opposition Singapore Democratic Party, was also charged with contempt after he wrote a Facebook post saying that the AGC’s actions against Wham proved that his comments were true.
Wham and Tan argued that their comments constituted fair criticism and were covered under the constitutional provisions for free speech and expression. — Agencies