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Singapore: Drop police report against independent media outlet New Naratif - Updated joint statement

, Index number: ASA 36/3793/2021

Singapore police have summoned PJ Thum, New Naratif’s Founder and Managing Director, for another round of questioning on March 5, 2021. According to Thum, the police have declined to return his laptop and phone, which were seized on September 18, 2020, until the conclusion of the ongoing investigation. Amnesty International, Article 19, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights, CIVICUS, Forum Asia, Human Rights Watch, and Scholars at Risk reiterate their joint call for the Singapore government to drop the investigation of New Naratif and repeal or substantially amend all laws that curtail the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly to bring them into line with international standards.

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