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总部设在法国的国际非营利、非政府组织无国界记者(Reporters Without Borders (RSF),是一个捍卫资讯和新闻自由的组织。

该组织发表强烈声明驳斥新加坡政府尝试通过“威胁《网络公民》(TOC)”。

我们在仅此全文转载该组织的声明。该组织在联合国具有顾问的身份。

无国界记者组织呼吁(新加坡政府)停止对《网络公民》(TOC)进行骚扰。

无国界记者组织呼吁新加坡政府停止对《网络公民》(TOC。下同)进行威胁。《网络公民》网站是一个新闻网站。它在报道了有关一名青少年在今年1月份在接受警方的审问后跳楼自杀后遭受新加坡政府内政部长的骚扰。

无国界组织极其关注有关在这个特殊的环境里审问的程序。这样的审问环境最终必须取消。

14岁青少年林俊辉在在2016年1月26日以跳楼自杀结束自己生命。他是在经过警方几小时审问涉嫌一起有关性骚扰一名11岁少女的案件后自杀身亡的。《网络公民》为此详细报道了有关事件经过的同时也每天跟进有关事件的发展。

《网络公民》已经不断向警方和内政部长三木根提出询问,为什么在没有父母或者监护人在场的情况下,5名警方人员审问了14岁青少年林俊辉,以及为什么警方在审问林俊辉期间拒绝了他的母亲与孩子见面。

(内政部长)三木根于3月1日在国会发表的部长声明(他同时也是律政部长)指责《网络公民》是在进行“使用虚假的信息有计划性的编制谎言”,同时,也宣传“警方是在欺骗新加坡人民”。

无国界记者组织亚洲太平洋区域办事处负责人本杰明.依斯迈尔(Benjamin Ismaïl)说,

我们强烈谴责新加坡内政部长在国会里对《网络公民》将那些毫无根据地指责。

“当这个协同的社交网站只是尝试要厘清这起事件,您咋能说这是一个有计划性的(合唱团)运动。这是在转移问题的焦点和社会大众的自发的表达意见。假设政府联系了《网络公民》并回答了它提出的有关问题。《网络公民》必然会难道警方在这起事件的看法。我们极其忧虑新加坡政府将对这个网站进行起诉的行动。”

于2016年2月29日,林俊辉的父亲发表感激《网络公民》网站连续报道了有关他的孩子(跳楼自杀身亡)的事件的声明里说:

“假设社交媒体,特别是《网络公民》的报道,林俊辉跳楼自杀身亡的时间将随着的事件的流逝而在很久之前已经消失了。”

这说明了《网络公民》获得了这些支持之后,它就成为了新加坡政府当局既定对付的目标,以作为制止舆论在这起事件对政府的批评。

在2015年1月份,《网络公民》首先刊登了一篇文章,指责国防部是侵犯了专利权后,在政府引用防止骚扰法令下,它被命令把这篇文章从网站上删除。新加坡的高等法院在2015年12月份宣判,政府引用这条骚扰法令是无效的。国防部就此宣判提出了上诉。

于2016年3月4日,媒体发展局(the Media Development Authority (MDA) )命令一家之前是经营《网络公民》的公司,名叫:The Opinion Collaborative Ltd (TOCL)。 命令它把在2015年收到的一笔新币5千元广告费退还一家外国公司。

这家外国公司名叫:the Monsoons Book Club。它是在外国注册的公司。媒体发展局说,《网络公民》只允许从商业广告户中收取资金。无论如何,the Monsoons Book Club本身就是一个非营利的组织。

《网络公民》是在这个岛上其中一家最后一个可以向新加坡公民进行报道的社交网站的庇护所。

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Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns Shanmugam’s baseless accusations against TOC

无国界记者

Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a France-based international non-profit, non-governmental organization that promotes and defends freedom of information and freedom of the press, has released a statement strongly rebuking the Singapore Government for “trying to intimidate The Online Citizen (TOC).”

We reproduce the statement of RSF, which has consultant status at the United Nations, in full.

–Statement–

RSF CALLS FOR END TO HARASSMENT OF THE ONLINE CITIZEN

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Singapore’s authorities to stop trying to intimidate The Online Citizen (TOC), a community news website that is being harassed by the interior minister over its coverage of a Singaporean teenager’s suicide in January after interrogation by the police.

RSF is very concerned about the procedures initiated against this participative site, which could result in its permanent closure.

Benjamin Lim, 14, took his own life on 26 January, a few hours after being interrogated by police officers on suspicion of having sexually molested an 11-year-old girl. The Online Citizen has being covering the case in detail from the outset, posting a new story almost every day.

TOC has repeatedly asked the police and interior minister M. K Shanmugam why five police officers questioned the 14-year-old in the absence of a parent or guardian and why they refused to let his mother see him during the interrogation.

In a statement in parliament on 1 March, Shanmugam (who is also justice minster) accused TOC of “a planned, orchestrated campaign, using falsehoods” and of suggesting that “the police were lying to Singaporeans.”
“We firmly condemn the baseless accusations that the interior minister made before Singapore’s parliamentarians,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.

“How can you talk of a planned campaign when this collaborative website has just tried to shed light on this case and, in so doing, has reflected the diverse and spontaneous opinions of members of the public? If the officials contacted by The Online Citizen had answered its questions, it could have reported how they view the case. We caution the authorities against any attempt to prosecute the website.”

In a public statement on 29 February, Lim’s father

thanked The Online Citizen for its constant coverage of the case. “If not for social media, especially TOC, the case would have died down a long time ago,”

he said.

This show of support came after TOC was targeted by several procedures designed to persuade it to stop criticizing the authorities.

After an article was posted on the site in January 2015 in which an inventor accused the defence ministry of violating a patent, TOC was ordered to withdraw the article under the Protection from Harassment Act. A Singapore court ruled in December that recourse to this law by a government department was invalid. The defence ministry has appealed against the ruling.

On 4 March, the Media Development Authority (MDA) ordered The Opinion Collaborative Ltd (TOCL), under which TOC was previously operating, to return the 5,000 dollars (3,200 euros) it received from a foreign organization, the Monsoons Book Club, in April 2015. The MDA said TOCL was only allowed to take money from commercial advertisers. However, as its name suggests,

the Monsoons Book Club is a non-profit organization.

The Online Citizen is one of the last refuges for citizen reporting in this island-state dominated by self-censorship.

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