TOKYO — A white tiger at­tacked and killed a zookeeper in its en­clo­sure in south­ern Ja­pan but the an­i­mal will be kept alive at the re­quest of the vic­tim’s fam­ily, of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day. “A zookeeper was found col­lapsed in a cage, bleed­ing,” a lo­cal poli

Sin­ga­pore ac­tivist found guilty of con­tempt of court

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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

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