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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
Lawrence Wong's speech on racism has been lauded online. But that just shows how low the bar is.
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
On the major shifts at Singapore Press Holdings, and why nothing is going to change until we address the press freedom issue.
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
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
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
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
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