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I light a candle 🕯

cw: death, murder, violence

I light a candle 🕯
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On “cancel culture” and the misuse of equalities claims

The following is a guest issue by Jolene Tan. Jolene is a Singaporean writer whose novels include AFTER THE INQUIRY (Ethos Books, 2021) and A CERTAIN EXPOSURE (Epigram Books, 2014). She previously ran communications and advocacy at AWARE, and she was a co-founder of No To Rape, the campaign to

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Can we expect more from the PAP on race?

Lawrence Wong's speech on racism has been lauded online. But that just shows how low the bar is.

Can we expect more from the PAP on race?
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It’s not just about a sexist poll, it’s about sexism and gendered violence

You've probably seen the news about a sexist online poll promoting sexual assault against Muslim religious teachers. (I briefly mentioned it in a previous weekly wrap.) The police are now investigating it, but punishing these perpetrators isn't going to be enough to tackle the problem at its root. Today I'm

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SPH’s shake-up: A non-transformative transformation

On the major shifts at Singapore Press Holdings, and why nothing is going to change until we address the press freedom issue.

SPH’s shake-up: A non-transformative transformation
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Reflecting on journalism in Singapore in the week of World Press Freedom Day

On World Press Freedom Day, I shared some experiences I and other journalists have had while trying to get information or answers from various Singapore government ministries, agencies, and state organs. They ranged from annoying bureaucracy to obstructionism to the outright absurd, including examples such as: Asking me to send

Reflecting on journalism in Singapore in the week of World Press Freedom Day
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Are we stuck with Covid-19 surveillance? — Join the democracy classroom

The following is adapted from a Twitter thread I wrote on 21 April. This issue has been emailed to all Milo Peng Funders, and made public via the website for everyone else. tl;dr The democracy classrooms are back. This time, we're going to talk about Covid-19, privacy, surveillance, and

Are we stuck with Covid-19 surveillance? — Join the democracy classroom
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Singapore's human rights report, annotated + A message from the Milk Tea Alliance

Singapore is up for our third Universal Periodic Review on 12 May. This is when our human rights record is reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. At the beginning of this month, the government published their national report on the human rights situation in Singapore—this is

Singapore's human rights report, annotated + A message from the Milk Tea Alliance
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We need to talk about consent.

In the last weekly wrap, I pointed out that we were seeing many cases of sexual assault and harassment being reported in the media recently. Then came yet another case... Screencap from Channel New Asia's article, published on 5 April 2021.We really need to talk about consent.What do

We need to talk about consent.
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Primer: Civil and political rights in Singapore

Most subscribers of We, The Citizens are Singaporeans, or people who have an interest in/familiarity with Singapore and its politics. But I often meet people who would like to learn more, particularly in relation to politics, democracy, and civil liberties. I hope this primer will be helpful! Feel free

Primer: Civil and political rights in Singapore