Thursday, June 5, 2008

Blogger released on bail in Singapore.

Gopalan Nair, the so-called singapore dissident was released on bail after four days in a jail in Singapore. He was released on 5,000 dollars bail (3,676 US) and his US passport was confiscated.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, [Blogger Arrested in Singapore for Insulting Judge] he was arrested for insulting Justice Belinda Ang Saw Ean by saying, she
"was throughout prostituting herself during the entire proceedings, by being nothing more than an employee of Mr Lee Kuan Yew and his son and carrying out their orders".
When I read the story of his release on the web site I went back to his blog, to see if he had written anything new. He hadn't; but, I did notice a change.
He had replaced the photo in his profile to one of Albert Einstein. I'm not sure why, but anyone interested in seeing that photo can find it on my blog.
According to the stats from Google Analytics, my blog has received a few hits from a PC in Singapore since my first posting about Nair. It would have been nice if that visitor would have left a comment.
Nair's case is being watched closely by The Committee to Protect Journalists which has this on their web site;
“Singapore’s detention of Gopalan Nair for public comments about such a highly politicized case is completely unwarranted,” said CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Bob Dietz. “Freedom to criticize the judiciary is fundamental to a modern society. This case illustrates the Singapore government’s ongoing commitment to silencing opposition voices both in print and online.”

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