Saturday, March 27, 2010

An Open Letter to PM Lee


Jean-François Julliard, the Secretary-General of Reporters Without Borders, writes an open letter to PM Lee Hsien Loong. And no, he's not inviting PM Lee to his birthday party. From Reporters Without Borders:
Reporters Without Borders condemns the judicial harassment which you and your father have practiced for years in order to prevent foreign news media from taking too close an interest in how you run your country. It does serious and lasting harm to press freedom in Singapore...

In response to the publication of the Reporters Without Borders 2009 press freedom index, in which Singapore was ranked 133rd out of 175 countries, your law minister, K. Shanmugam, described it as “absurd” and “disconnected from reality.”

Unfortunately, the facts show that we are right.

In the six years since you became prime minister and said you favoured an “open” society, we have seen very few improvements in the situation of free speech.

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