15 Jul '12, 2am

After being threatened with "scandalising the judiciary", Alex Au writes this: #gogoAlex

After being threatened with "scandalising the judiciary", Alex Au writes this: #gogoAlex

The record in Singapore points to the opposite. We seem to be acting on the basis that the more public a role is, the more “important” the person is. This then mutates into the notion that he has more to lose than the average guy should his reputation be damaged by criticism. Therefore vigilance and penalties need to heightened to protect these “important” people. Hence our history of certain personalities launching defamation suits at the drop of a hat, and the huge demands they make for damages (because, it has been argued, their reputations are “worth” so much more than the average guy’s). In the same vein, the quick resort to contempt of court charges, because – so goes the thinking – the more “important” the institution, the more there is at risk when criticised.

Full article: http://yawningbread.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/using-power-...

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