OFF INTO THE WILD WET YONDER How does this...
Seeking donations for social causes, a co-worker’s medical procedure, your kid’s school trip, etc., isn’t anything particularly new. Doing so to help with legal predicaments, a bit less common but am still aware of. Using a platform like crowdfunding to do so to legally defend yourself from the leader of the country? Yep, that’s a new one.
Roy Ngerng, a blogger in Singapore, is being sued by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong over a May 15th article in which he, according to the prime minister’s lawyer, “impugns his character, credit, and integrity.”
Mr. Ngerng was asked to apologize for his comments, and so he did. The apology, however, wasn’t deemed “genuine,” and so he was accused of trying “to raise his public profile, garner support and sympathy, and renew his attack.”
So far, funds raised have exceeded SG$70,000 (approx. US$55,000).
Interesting times for sure… citizens getting themselves into a (legal) pickle via the Internet, leaders suing said citizens, and citizens going back to the Internet to help get them out of trouble. From now on I guess anyone with a voice better have a decent lawyer, and more than just their family following them on Facebook.