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本篇文章是TOC记者TERRY XU采访14岁青少年林俊辉的父亲。

转载自TOC网站
网址:http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2016/02/benjamin-lims-case-would-have-died-down-if-not-for-social-media-says-family/
Benjamin Lim’s case would have died down if not for social media, says family

林俊辉家人

14岁青少年林俊辉的父亲在感激TOC编辑/记者TERRY XU协助报道有关林俊辉跳楼自杀身亡事件的晚餐上说,

“假设没有社交媒体,特别是TOC(公民在线网站),(林俊辉跳楼自杀)事件将是不了了之”。

在2016年1月26日,一名青少年林俊辉被发现躺卧自己居住的建屋发展局组屋楼下。在此期间,在同一天早上,他被五名便衣警方人员到就读的学校带回去警察局问话,警方指他涉嫌涉及一起性骚扰一名11岁的小女孩子。林俊辉在警察局里问话期间,他的母亲被拒绝会见孩子。(详情请浏览这里read more)。

政府的主流媒体完全封锁有关事件

在事件发生的过去一个月期间,主流媒体和政府本身完全封锁了有关14岁青少年林俊辉跳楼自杀身亡的事件。除了一部分重申当局所说的话外,极少数的媒体报道有关林俊辉家属的感受更是稀少。有一些媒体还是开始进行漂白这是一起不幸的事件,但是合法和正当的行为。

从林俊辉家属的立场而言,主流媒体在报道这起事件时,部分细节是错误和有选择性节录孩子的父亲的话作为报道,或者把一些话强加在孩子的父亲的口里。

在接受TOC的访谈中,林俊辉家属表示深深感触到在过去一个月里,感激社交媒体极力帮忙报道和质疑有关当局当天如何处理他的孩子,让它一直都受到各界舆论的关注。

林先生深深感激TOC的帮忙。他承认在TOC撰写报道有关(林俊辉跳楼自杀身亡)事件发生之前,他是未曾听说过有TOC这家网站的。他仅代表全体家属就此表示深深的谢意。他感激TOC网站全面报道了有关家属在这起事件的阐述,这有助于引起社会对这起事件的极大的关注,进而是这起事件不会被掩盖起来。林先生说,如果没有TOC和社交媒体的协助,“正义将不会获得伸张。”

林先生也感到震惊,假设不是发生这起不幸事件,他并不知道新加坡主流媒体丑恶的面目。

支持和慰问信如雪花般的纷至

在林俊辉事件发生后的数天,林先生决定撰写一份公开信,回应由于主流媒体的虚假报道引起社会人士的一些拽测。同时,对于一些在线讨论是企图通过谣传林俊辉是因为涉嫌骚扰犯罪的论调以转移时间的实质。

林先生在发表公开信的同时也开设了一个雅虎电子邮箱,让社会人士通过电子邮件与他交流。但是,这个邮箱却在同一天被“黑客”了。雅虎并未就此提出任何的解释。为此,家属受到劝告使用Gmail account邮箱取代。

林先生感激TOC全文刊登他发表的声明,以确保社会人士能够详尽的指导有关林俊辉跳楼自杀身亡事件的真相。

林先生说,依据他所收到的电子邮件中都是确信有关事件的报道的。除了那些不相信TOC的报道或者认为TOC不是可信赖的信息渠道报道——有关当局以高压的手段处理14岁青少年学生。

林先生把家属所收到的超过1千份慰问和支持他们的电子邮件与TERRY XU共同分享。当中一些是表达了自己的悲痛。有些则质问为什么家属要把这起事件通过TOC这样社交网站公开给社会大众知道。

林俊辉的朋友也发来电子邮件一起分享了他们与家属对林俊辉的怀念。在其中的一份电子邮件里,他们告诉家属林俊辉在学校时是国家学生警察团队的支柱。他们的电子邮件是这么写的:

“林俊辉是他的学校里国家学生警察团队的支柱。他是大家在面对问题需要寻求解决方案时的人选。”

这份电子邮件对我们家里人来说是一个极其惊讶的事。因为与家里其他两个比他还大的孩子的言谈举止相比,林俊辉的性格内向的。

林先生说,他们收到的电子邮件对家人是一种慰籍。

“这些电子邮件启发和反映了我们对于林俊辉的看法和是一种鼓励。它让我们更加了解之前的林俊辉。”

林俊辉的家人还是期待大家继续给他们发电子邮件,特别是有关林俊辉的生活方面,不论是林俊辉积极或者消极的一面。

“假设大家知道有关林俊辉的个人情况,请大家写给我们知道,这对我们来说是有意义的。”

社会人士如有意给家属发电子邮件,可以发到如下邮箱地址:

benjamin26012016@gmail.com。

林俊辉家属已经设立了纪念林俊辉的网页。

请到此浏览:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10209002622205906&id=1327537692&__mref=message_bubble

国会将谈论有关“社交媒体传播谣言”的问题

新加坡国会将于今天(2016年2月29日下午)开会谈论各项问题,其中一个问题将是围绕着有关林俊辉跳楼自杀身亡的问题。(请到此浏览:read more)。

两位部长将同时在国会开会期间发表部长看法(the ministerial point of view.)。

官字两口

主流媒体或者国会议员并没有提到任何有关‘选定’有教育部长和内政部长回答有关的问题。

反而是(行动党的国会议员)克里斯托弗.德苏沙(Christopher de Souza)和朱培庆在指责

社交媒体在这起事件上进行炒作,以便家属能够这起事件继续受到关注。

宜将剩勇追穷寇,不可沽名学霸王!

Benjamin Lim’s case would have died down if not for social media, says family

written by :Terry Xu

related link :

TOC:http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2016/02/benjamin-lims-case-would-have-died-down-if-not-for-social-media-says-family/

“If not for social media, especially TOC (The Online Citizen), the case would have died down a long time ago.”, said Mr Lim, father of 14-year-old Benjamin Lim in a thank-you dinner for the TOC editor.

On 26 January, fourteen-year-old Benjamin Lim Jun Hui was found dead at the base of a HDB flat where he lived. Prior to that, five plainclothes police officers showed up at Benjamin’s school on Tuesday morning and took him away for questioning for allegedly outraging the modesty of an 11-year-old girl. Benjamin’s mother was denied access to him for the whole duration of the police interview. (read more)

Media blackout from MSM

Over the past month, a media blackout has been imposed on Benjamin’s story by either mainstream media (MSM) itself or the government. Apart from reiterating what authorities had to say about the case, few media outlets have reported what the family has experienced and even worse so, some have started to whitewash the incident as something unfortunate but legal and justified.

From the family’s point of view, the MSM had reported wrongly on several details of the case and choose to either selectively quoting the father’s words for their reports or putting words in his mouth.

In Mr Lim’s interview over what the family feels after a month since the death of Benjamin, he expressed his thanks to social media for keeping Benjamin’s story alive and keeping the focus of the story on how the authorities handled his son.

Mr Lim truthfully admitted that he had not heard of TOC until it wrote the story for the family and expressed his thanks on behalf of the family, for its initiative to cover the family’s side of the story which gave “maximum attention” to Benjamin’s case so as not to let it be sweep under the carpet. “Without it, justice will never be served,” said Mr Lim

He too expressed his shock on the reality of the media scene in Singapore, saying that he would not have known the ugly side about Singapore’s MSM if not for this unfortunate event.

Outpour of support via open letter

A few days after the incident, Mr Lim decided to pen an open letter in response to speculation of the public due to false reporting by the MSM and trolls in the online forum who were trying to divert attention by speculating that Benjamin was guilty of molestation.

Along with the open letter, the family also created an email address for members of the public to send their letters. The email was hacked into, just a day after it was created, with no explanation from Yahoo. The family was later advised to replace the email with a Gmail account.

Mr Lim thanked TOC for publishing the full unedited version of his letter, ensuring that people read exactly what the family wanted them to know about Benjamin’s case.

According to the emails received by Mr Lim, the open letter convinced many – those whom did not believe TOC’s report nor thought of it as a trustworthy source of information – about the high-handedness of the authorities in dealing with a 14-year-old student.

Mr Lim shared that the family has received well over 1000 emails to show support or to send their condolences. Some were letters to share the grief of the family, some were letters saying that they would support the family in seeking justice and a few nasty letters asking why the family is making their story open to the public and going through to a media outlet like TOC.

There were even emails from Benjamin’s friend who written in to share their memories of him with the family. In one such email, the family was told that

Benjamin is the pillar of strength for the National Police Cadet Corp (NPCC) in the school he studied in. The email wrote,

“Benjamin was the pillar of strength in his school’s NPCC unit, and he was the person to whom everyone looked up when there was any problem that needed to be resolved”.

This comes as a surprise to the family because Benjamin is an introvert at home, compared to his two elder siblings who are more

outspoken in mannerism.

Mr Lim says that such information is a form of consolation for the family. “The emails gives us enlightenment, reflection about him (Benjamin) and encouragement. Allowing to know more about my son, than what would I have known myself.”

The family still welcome letters to be sent to them, especially about Benjamin’s life, regardless if it is something positive or negative.

“It is good to write to us especially if they knew Benjamin personally”, “Let me know, even if it is negative about my son.” said Mr Lim.

Members of the public who wish to write to the family can do so via this email,

benjamin26012016@gmail.com

and the family has since created a memorial page for Benjamin here.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10209002622205906&id=1327537692&__mref=message_bubble

Parliament to talk about “speculations from social media”

The Singapore parliament will convene this afternoon to talk about various issues, and one of which will be on the issues surrounding the death of Benjamin. (read more) Two ministers will also speak at the parliament session to address from the ministerial point of view.

There is no mention about the “selective” reporting by MSM by the MPs in their questions that is to be answered by the Minister of Education and Minister of Home Affairs.

Instead, some MPs such as Mr Christopher de Souza and Mr Desmond Choo have sought to blame speculations of the case on social media that have kept the story alive for the family.

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