The concept of sub judice contempt for ongoing court cases is an important one; it is in place to ensure that proceedings can be as objective as possible, rather than swayed by the court of public opinion. Yet in Singapore, "contempt of court" might have other implications.
The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has issued a warning of contempt of court to filmmaker Lynn Lee for having published two interviews she’d carried out with He Junling and Liu Xiangying, two of the ex-SMRT bus drivers who had been involved in last year’s strike.
Lee had interviewed the two bus drivers as part of research for a potential documentary. In the course of her interviews with them, both He and Liu separately alleged that they had been abused by police officers during interrogation.
She then published the videos on her blog, saying, “These are serious allegations that need to be addressed urgently and I have written to the Singapore Prison Service and Ministry of Home Affairs. They have yet to reply, but IRead More »from COMMENT: A thin fine line