If a publication contradicts the Straits Times,
its full of lies and should be banned.
If it agrees with the Straits Times, it is redundant
.. might as well ban it anyway..." - Lucky Tan
Instead of publishing articles that describe the grand achievements of the PAP govt and extolling the virtues of their fantastic system of govt without which Singapore will collapse, FEER wrote that there is room for the PAP to improve. ...and that our MM & PM are not as perfect as they appear to be. This is an outrage! This is clearly defamatory! What is worse is they called our Chee who is officially a liar, cheat, gangster and fraud...... a MARTYR (Man Against Repression Tyranny Yearning Rights).
Our MM & PM are so generous to sue them in Singapore instead of their home base in Hong Kong yet they failed to respond to this generosity.
For our own good, this harmful publication is now banned in Singapore. It is illegal to sell, import and subscribe to the magazine from now on.
Singaporeans are so lucky to have a caring govt that helps them with their reading list to ensure that they possess only healthy happy thoughts.
Singapore bans Far Eastern Economic Review magazine
September 28, 2006
By Sara Webb
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's government said on Thursday that it had banned the sale and distribution of the Far Eastern Economic Review, a monthly magazine owned by Dow Jones & Co., as it failed to comply with its press regulations.
On Aug. 3 the government ordered five foreign publications -- the Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER), Time, Newsweek, Financial Times and the International Herald Tribune -- to post bonds of S$200,000 ($126,000) and appoint representatives in Singapore.
Later in August, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his father, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, both filed defamation suits against FEER's publisher and editor over an article that it published in July about opposition politician Chee Soon Juan, according to court documents.
The Ministry of Information, Communications, and the Arts said in a statement on Thursday that it had revoked its approval for FEER's sale and distribution in Singapore because the magazine had failed to comply with the government's conditions.
"It is a privilege and not a right for foreign newspapers to circulate in Singapore," the ministry said, adding that it was now an offence for any person to sell or distribute, import, or subscribe to the Far Eastern Economic Review.
The Hong Kong-based Far Eastern Economic Review said it was unaware of Singapore's decision.
Singapore's leaders have won hefty damages in the past from media groups including the Economist, the International Herald Tribune, Bloomberg and FinanceAsia.
Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, which ranks Singapore 140th out of 167 countries for press freedom, slammed the government's decision in August to issue restrictions for the five foreign publications.
"The authorities are looking for effective ways, including fear of prosecution and heavy fines, to intimidate these publications into censoring themselves," the media watchdog said at the time, as the S$200,000 bonds would serve as security in any future government lawsuit for alleged defamation.