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Singapore court rules against WSJ

November 25, 2008

Singapore’s High Court ruled The Wall Street Journal in contempt of court for publishing two editorials and a letter to the editor that the government says damaged the reputation of the country’s judicial system, according to an Associated Press story.

The story states, “The court also fined the newspaper 25,000 Singapore dollars ($16,400).

“Justice Tay Yong Kwang ruled Tuesday against the newspaper and two of its editors, three weeks after Attorney General Walter Woon argued the editorials published in June and July questioned the judiciary’s independence from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the ruling People’s Action Party. Not meting out punishment in this case would undermine the country’s rule of law, the court said.

“The letter to the editor was written by Chee Soon Juan, head of the opposition Singapore Democratic Party.”

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