Quotes of the Day | Freedom of speech: Compare and contrast
“I, Chew Peng Ee, accept that the following comic strips (“the comic strips”), published by me on the Facebook page of Demon-cratic Singapore between 20 July 2011 and 16 June 2012, namely:
(a) Episode #111: Justice, where are thou in Singapore;
(b) Episode #238: Justice is dead – Part I;
(c) Episode #239: Justice is dead – Part II; and
(d) Episode #337: Justice Singapore style
scandalised the Judiciary of the Republic of Singapore (“the Singapore Judiciary”).
I also accept that comic strips had misrepresented to the public that the Singapore Judiciary administers differential treatment to individuals based on their nationality, social status and political affiliation, and that there have been specific criminal cases in which decisions were made by the Singapore Judiciary on the basis of the above factors rather than on the merits.
I unreservedly apologise for committing contempt of court and have taken down the comic strips and accompanying comments.”
– Leslie Chew‘s apology to the Singapore court that had slapped him with contempt-of-court charges for posting cartoons critical of them on Facebook. The charges were dropped, presumably in exchange for the apology and the removal of the comics.
“An unknown number of residents received electronic copies of a mock comic book that attacks Cockayne and, he says, is libelous. Cockayne, a city council member, went to police Tuesday with one of the CDs that was sent anonymously through the mail.
Police said Wednesday that a preliminary review shows no threat or other crime.”
— The Hartford Courant, reporting on comics that have popped up locally about mayoral candidate Ken Cockayne. (It is a bit troubling that the folks at Bristol City Hall are looking for similar comics done about the mayor and other city leader s— hopefully it’s just so they can laugh at them.)