Singapore Blogger Crowdfunds $100,000 To Pay PM Defamation Damages
Singapore, April 5 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 5th Apr, 2021 ) :A Singaporean blogger said he had crowdfunded almost $100,000 that he was ordered to pay as damages for defaming the prime minister by sharing an article on Facebook.
Critics say the case is the latest example of the government seeking to silence dissent online in the tightly regulated city-state.
Leong launched an online fundraising drive and said late Sunday more than 2,000 people had contributed the full amount after 11 days.
"It's thanks to your help that we had the courage to face them." The article that Leong shared, originally published on a Malaysian news portal, alleged that Lee was the target of an investigation in neighbouring Malaysia over the 1MDB state fund.
Singapore's leaders have frequently turned to the courts to take on critics, ranging from political opponents to foreign media outlets, and insist such action is necessary to protect their reputations.