The High Commission of Singapore: ‘The Coverage’ article linking PM Lee to 1MDB is ‘fake news and clearly libellous’…

10 November 2018

SINGAPORE: Facebook has rejected a Singapore government request to remove a post of an online article that the government said was “false and malicious”, prompting its Law Ministry to say the case illustrated the need to introduce legislation to stop fake news.

Singapore’s central bank said on Friday it had filed a police report against an online article by an Australia-based independent blogger about Singapore banks and Malaysia’s scandal-linked 1MDB state fund.

Web access in Singapore to the website of the States Times Review (STR) has been blocked by internet service providers as directed by Singapore’s telecom and media regulator IMDA, which said it had determined the website carried prohibited content.

“IMDA has assessed that the article undermined public confidence in the integrity of the Singapore Government and is objectionable on grounds of public interest,” Infocommm Media Development Authority (IMDA) said in a statement.

STR articles on its Facebook page remained available.

The IMDA asked Facebook to take down a post of the article but “Facebook has indicated that they will not accede to IMDA’s request”, it said in a separate statement on Saturday.

Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.

Singapore’s Ministry of Law said “Facebook has declined to take down a post that is clearly false, defamatory and attacks Singapore, using falsehoods”, which illustrated the need to introduce legislation fighting fake news.

“FB (Facebook) cannot be relied upon to filter falsehoods or protect Singapore from a false information campaign,” it said in a statement.

Singapore’s parliament has been debating measures to tackle the threat of fake news including introducing legislation.

The Straits Times Review was founded and is run by Singaporean political activist Alex Tan, who is based in Australia. It carries articles that are critical of Singapore’s leaders and its ruling People’s Action Party.

https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=143484

9 November 2018

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STR to shut down

November 9, 2018

zzzstr

The States Times Review website has been blocked under false charges of “fake news” and “criminal defamation” laid by the Singapore dictatorship.

As such, the website will cease and desist considering that it lost a channel to reach Singaporeans.
Thank you for your support over the past 3 years for STR, and for those who has been faithfully following my articles for the 3 years at TRS and 2 years at TR.
The sacrificial of my Singaporean passport is my last gift to my beloved Singapore and Singaporeans.
Hereon, I will also announce that I have decided to stop writing and continue my life in Australia.
This Facebook page will shut down in 2 weeks from now but the website will remain until the General Elections is over. Do take note that this shut down notice is of my own volition, and not pressure from anyone or the dictatorship. I have no intention to impugn my integrity bending forward for a scum government.
It has been an honour serving Singaporeans. Thank you.
Alex Tan

STR Editor

 

http://statestimesreview.com/2018/11/09/str-to-shut-down/?fbclid=IwAR1q30nqzpxWGXXIRrAzgxzQ5Xa1by3Eq7qPn-nRkawgwo67blX-rig8vD4

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THE States Times Review website will shut down, after being blocked by Singapore under false charges of “fake news” and “criminal defamation”, said its editor.Alex Tan, in a post on the portal today, said he is issuing the shutdown notice voluntarily, and not due to “pressure from anyone or the dictatorship”.

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/110276

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SINGAPORE: Alternative news site States Times Review has refused to take down an article linking Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) corruption scandal.

“States Times Review will refuse to remove the alleged offending article,” it said in a Facebook post at about 6pm on Friday (Nov 9).

In the post, it invited Mr Lee and Singapore government agencies to “file a case with the Australian authorities”.

The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) issued a notice on Friday asking the alternative news website to take down the article by 5pm on Friday. Failing which, the media authority said, it would block access to the site. It also asked Facebook to remove a post linking to the article.

An email letter from IMDA was reproduced by the States Times Review in its Facebook post.

IMDA said in the notice that publication of the letter would be an “aggravating factor” that would warrant further regulatory action from the authority.

The States Times Review website was inaccessible at about 9pm, checks by Channel NewsAsia showed, although the Facebook post on the article in question was still accessible.

A message displayed on the website read: “The website that you are trying to access is unavailable as it contains prohibited material.” Readers were directed to the IMDA’s website for more information on how it regulates content.

Less than an hour later, founder Alex Tan wrote again on Facebook, saying that the website had been “blocked under false charges of ‘fake news’ and ‘criminal defamation’ and that he planned to shut it down. He also said he would “stop writing and continue (his) life in Australia”.
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Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said that the article added a “nasty and malicious twist” to bilateral issues that had been made public and contained “absurd allegations”.

He said the Government is taking the incident very seriously and that the police would take action against all involved based on investigations and advice from the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/states-times-review-refuses-remove-article-pm-lee-1mdb-10912976

8 November 2018

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 7 — The Singapore High Commission here has denounced an article linking Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MBD) scandal, published by controversial “social news network” The Coverage.

“The High Commission of the Republic of Singapore in Malaysia would like to categorically state that this article is fake news and clearly libellous,” it said in a brief statement.

The article, titled “Breaking News: Singapore Lee Hsien Loong Becomes 1MDB’s Key Investigation Target — Najib Signed Several Unfair Agreements with Hsien Loong In Exchange for Money Laundering”, was sourced from another blog, States Times Review.

States Times Review describes itself as “formerly a Singapore news media based in Australia” and now “a personal blog in response to Singapore’s latest censorship laws”.

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-coverage-article-linking-pm-154153894.html

7 November 2018

Excerpts from:

It is believed that Najib Razak signed several unfair agreements with Singapore’s Lee Hsien Loong, like building the Singapore-Malaysia High Speed Rail when the country was in a trillion RM debt and a grossly under-priced water sale agreement, in exchange for Singapore banks’ assistance in money laundering 1MDB’s billions.

If found guilty, Lee Hsien Loong and Singapore may be sanctioned internationally.

At an interview with Malaysia media, the editor of Sarawak Reports, Clare Rewcastle, revealed that Singapore is one of the key investigation targets, alongside Switzerland and United States. The fugitive-turned-heroine writer who has since returned to Malaysia after corrupted former Prime Minister Najib Razak lost the election, said the 1MDB investigation is going to get bigger and that several major government organisations are going to be implicated:

“The big moral of all this is what was going on in Malaysia. A corrupt local politician was being facilitated and assisted by major global institutions and the whole financial system. And that was wrong. We need to address that, so that people like former prime minister Najib Razak, who were getting away with stuff in countries all over the world, should not be assisted by major banks and all the rest…1MDB was not a Malaysian scandal, it was a global scandal. My message is to tell people that the 1MDB saga has not ended. It is going to get bigger.”

Malaysian investigators are now trying to find the secret deals between the two….Prime Ministers of Singapore and Malaysia when Najib was still in power. It is believed that Najib Razak signed several unfair agreements with Singapore’s Lee Hsien Loong, like building the Singapore-Malaysia High Speed Rail when the country was in a trillion RM debt and a grossly under-priced water sale agreement, in exchange for Singapore banks’ assistance in money laundering 1MDB’s billions.

If found guilty, Lee Hsien Loong and Singapore may be sanctioned internationally.

https://thecoverage.my/news/breaking-news-singapore-lee-hsien-loong-becomes-1mdbs-key-investigation-target-najib-signed-several-unfair-agreements-hsien-loong-exchange-money-laundering/

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One Response to The High Commission of Singapore: ‘The Coverage’ article linking PM Lee to 1MDB is ‘fake news and clearly libellous’…

  1. Doris Looi says:

    No idea OK Not Singapore citizens

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