13 Apr '18, 7am

170 academics sign open letter expressing concern about academic freedom in Singapore

170 academics sign open letter expressing concern about academic freedom in Singapore

SINGAPORE - At least 170 academics have voiced concern about academic freedom in Singapore, with several saying that diverse views should be encouraged and not quashed. The academics based in Singapore and abroad have signed an open letter on the issue, in which they also defended historian Thum Ping Tjin, who was questioned for six hours last month by a parliamentary committee looking into the subject of deliberate online falsehoods. The letter, addressed to the committee's chairman, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Charles Chong, welcomes public hearings on the dissemination of fake news. It, however, expressed concern over how Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, a committee member, "proceeded to interrogate Dr Thum, treating him and his widely-respected scholarship with disdain". "This is likely to have a chilling effect on freedom of expression and academic freedom...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/politics/170-academics-sign-o...

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