Global Freedom of Expression

Suppression of Free Expression and Assembly in Singapore

Key Details

  • Region
    Asia and Asia Pacific
  • Themes
    Content Regulation / Censorship, Defamation / Reputation

Human Rights Watch’s Report “Kill the Chicken to Scare the Monkeys”: Suppression of Free Expression and Assembly in Singapore

This report is based on an in-depth analysis of the laws and regulations used by the Singapore government to suppress speech and peaceful assembly, including the Public Order Act, the Sedition Act, the Broadcasting Act, various penal code provisions, and laws on criminal contempt. Drawing on interviews with 34 civil society activists, journalists, lawyers, academics, and opposition politicians; news reports; and public statements by government officials, the report examines how these provisions have been used to limit individual rights to speech and assembly.