25 Sep 2006

Singapore Detains Reporter Covering Sensitive Trial

The Epoch Times

reporter Mr. Jaya Gibson was detained Sunday night local time upon attempting to enter Singapore.
At the end of August and during the first half of September Gibson had covered for The Epoch Times two stories that highlighted the difficult human rights situation in Singapore.

He filed several reports regarding the trial of two Falun Gong practitioners in Singapore who had been arrested for displaying a banner on a sidewalk opposite the Chinese Embassy asking for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong.

Gibson also covered the attempts by the Singapore government to restrict any protest activity outside the I.M.F. meetings held there last week.

After a brief trip to Europe, Gibson attempted to re-enter Singapore in order to resume covering the trial of the Falun Gong practitioners.

That trial has been treated by the Singapore government as a matter of great sensitivity. Initially, press from outside Singapore were not allowed into the courtroom to cover it.

Gibson reported that after he began covering the trial he was subjected to regular monitoring by the Singapore police.

The defense lawyer in the trial, Mr. Ravi, had intended last week to fly to Geneva to make a presentation to the U.N. Human Rights Commission about this trial, but was detained before he could leave Singapore.

At issue in the trial, and perhaps one reason why the Singapore government has taken extraordinary measures regarding it, is the influence of the Chinese regime on Singapore.

Asked for the reason for Gibson's detention and deportation, a Singapore immigration official told The Epoch Times that they had "no comment on this case" and that they did not "reveal the reasons to outsiders". They refused to explain the relevant process of law with regard to deportation and the rights of deportees.

Gibson is due to be deported on Monday.




6 comments:

soci said...

"The defense lawyer in the trial, Mr. Ravi, had intended last week to fly to Geneva to make a presentation to the U.N. Human Rights Commission about this trial, but was detained before he could leave Singapore."

This raises a very important question - Who or What detained M.Ravi?

Anonymous said...

the story is about gibson not ravi

I dont have much sympathy for falungong sympathizers; they should ask their living buddha for help

Anonymous said...

soci said...

"The defense lawyer in the trial, Mr. Ravi, had intended last week to fly to Geneva to make a presentation to the U.N. Human Rights Commission about this trial, but was detained before he could leave Singapore."
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Maybe, he was directed to have a complete health screening?

He was too unwell to appear in court but healthy enough to travel overseas to make a presentation.

Congratulations on a miraculous recovery!

Drama Actors Studio needs such a talent.

Khiang Cho Hee

Matilah_Singapura said...

anon 08:59: > "I dont have much sympathy for falungong sympathizers;<

I think that if as a parent, you want confident and mentally healthy kids, it is wise to use your "parental powers" to keep your children as far away from any religion or politicfal ideology as possible.

Dig this: NO ONE is coming to "save" you — and "deliver you from suffering". Not Buddha, Mohamed, Christ, Shiva, democracy, socialism, conservatism or monarchy.

BUT that doesn't mean it is the governments JOB to BAN religion or alternative political ideas.

A society is free when the individuals in that society can practise their choice of religion, philosophy and politics as long as they do not physically interfere with any other free individual. i.e. You have the right to practice Falun Gong or Satanic worship, or the deitification of Lee Kuan Yew — but you do not have the RIGHT to force me to do the same.

What is happening to the Falungong folks is an injustice. These folks are peaceful and harmless — they are just doing their thing, and thus should be left alone.

Anonymous said...

So..the bloody Western civilisations has no human rights violation issues..mmmmmm..
Human rights activists = a bunch of idiots trying to discredit anybody they disagree with...

By the way.."screw Falungong" JUST A BUNCH OF IDIOTS FUNDING THE LIFE STYLE OF A SO CALLED GREAT LEADER WHOM IS PROBABLY HAVING A GOOD TIME IN THE US WITH HIS PRETTY FOLLOWERS.
Followers of religions - you are all a bunch of idiots. If you can't benefit form it, don't join it. No other religion or gods in this world is greater than my god - $$$$$$$$$$

Gao Bin said...

dear soci,

Ravi did not go to Geneva because he is starting to behave strangely.

He is losing it... I quote Jaya Gibson, who was just deported:

[...didn’t want him to go to Geneva and we shared that the evil wanted to keep us busy maybe if we stopped running around after him like he was a little child wanting attachment]

[... gave up going to Australia to do his human rights tour which is related to his client who is going to be executed soon... he was worried about police coming and arresting him so we slept in the offic]

[... something happened at the temple and he believed that he was being setup by the priests and the police to be arrested on false charges]

[... 5:30am and he wanted to go to his temple to do his rituals but he was worried that he would be falsely arrested and asked me to come just in case.]

[At the temple his actions were not good and he behaved irrationally which upset the others worshipping there]

[if we stopped running around after him like he was a little child wanting attachment. As soon as we decided to leave Ravi started banging things around and making noise.]

more there
http://jayagibson.blogspot.com/2006/09/sharing-i-gave-regarding-singapore.html