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Landmark decision expands definition of pornography law with conviction of Amos Yee

By Tue, May 12, 2015 6:43PM UTC

In a landmark decision, judge Jasvender Kaur handed down a guilty verdict which will have far reaching implications for the interpretation of the obscenity law (section 292) which has traditionally been used against pornographic material.

Cambodia TV station apologizes to teen for Mother’s Day reunion prank

By Tue, May 12, 2015 12:45PM UTC

A Cambodian TV station has written a letter of apology to teen singer Autumn Allen after a televised Mother’s Day prank that sparked outrage on social media.

Court verdict will determine if pornography law applies to political satire in Amos Yee case

By Tue, May 12, 2015 7:48AM UTC

In Singapore, it is illegal to raise questions that suggest a Prime Minister may be corrupt — that is now considered defamation. It is also illegal to engage in idle talk that sanctions violence against the state, even if there is no real possibility that people will take action — it is considered sedition. Now, public prosecutors are trying to expand the definition of obscenity laws to criminalise political satire which depict sex acts. Today’s verdict will determine both Yee’s fate and that of all Singaporeans.

Indonesia lifts Papua travel ban on foreign journalists

By Mon, May 11, 2015 11:06AM UTC

MERAUKE, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s president has announced the lifting of a travel ban for foreign journalists to the country’s easternmost Papua province and freed five Papuan political prisoners following their appeal for clemency.

‘You can see all the evidence': Yaacob Ibrahim on his decision to shut down TRS

By Mon, May 11, 2015 10:03AM UTC

On Sunday, May 5, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim said his decision to shut down The Real Singapore (TRS) was justified because the Singapore Government had “enough evidence to show that all the materials are very egregious and can cause a lot of racial unhappiness.”