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[Mothership] In 1994, US media hammered S’pore to dissuade Michael Fay caning https://t.co/sP3UzcpXva

[Mothership] In 1994, US media hammered S’pore to dissuade Michael Fay caning https://t.co/sP3UzcpXva

How the US media covered the Michael Fay case: Newsweek (“Justice in Six Lashes? ” and “Six Lashes in Singapore “) painted a shocking picture of caning as a blatant human-rights abuse and described in detail how “skin and flesh fly at each stroke” administered by a “martial arts expert”. So flagrantly heinous that Fay’s father and American media compared it to Nazi treatment of Jews . While Fay was awaiting his caning sentence, American media reported that he was hospitalised for depression and how caning would damage Fay’s self esteem because of his pre-existing Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Other media outlets such as National Public Radio ran the narrative of Singapore as a draconian authoritative and oppressive regime by pointing out that caning for vandalism was originally a tool to suppress political dissidents . They did this by inviting ex-Solicitor-General and...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2018/02/michael-fay-media-coverage/

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