My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Singaporeans arrest author at book launch...

He had the audacity to write about executions in Singapore..and now he's been charged with criminal defamation...
A BRITISH author who was arrested here on Sunday for alleged criminal defamation was released early on Tuesday morning on $10,000 bail.

Freelance journalist, Alan Shadrake, 75, will be required to remain in Singapore to assist the police in their investigations, a police spokesman said.

'He must seek the permission of the police if he wants to leave the country,' the spokesman added.

Addressing public speculation that Mr Shadrake's arrest was linked to the Government?s position on capital punishment, a spokesman for the Home Affairs Ministry (MHA) said: 'The Singapore Government?s position on the issue of capital punishment is not new.

'Those who disagree with our position have presented their arguments and as a matter of principle, we respect their right to hold such opposing views, as we hope they do ours.'

Mr Shadrake's lawyer, Mr M. Ravi, said that his client appeared 'shaken and tired' when they met on Monday. He said Mr Shadrake, who was arrested at his hotel on Sunday morning, is now resting at a hotel in Chinatown.
This is standard procedure in Singapore - the government routinely sues people (particularly opposition politicans) for libel, or in this case, defamation. Pretty chilling, no?


Blogger Gerry said...

It is only chilling if the truth is no defense. Otherwise it is ensuring that making defamatory charges has a price. Of course that is unlike here where defamatory charges can be made against select groups with no fear of reprisal and where truth is irrelevant once one is accused of disrespecting the protected group.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said Gerry.

3:14 AM  

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