Home Affairs hits out at filmmaker for ‘contempt of court’

JentrifiedC – This commentary by Alex Au is a must read. He points out many grey areas which are worthy of further scrutiny. Most people understand the peril of absolute power and many know that the law like accounting can be made creative when need be by those who call the shots.  We do not want this to happen in our backyard do we?

Yawning Bread

A few days ago, the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) issued a letter of warning to filmmaker Lynn Lee  for “having committed contempt of court”. It asserted that two video clips released by her, featuring interviews with former bus drivers He Junling and Liu Xiangying, “amounted to contempt of court by creating a real risk of prejudice to criminal proceedings which were pending then”. Choo Zheng Xi and Andrew Loh, writing respectively at The Online Citizen and Andrewloh.com, have criticised this move by the AGC, albeit from slightly different angles. Both however are concerned that this represents a usurpation of judicial power by an executive branch.

I can imagine a retort that the AGC’s warning is just that:  “rather than proceedings in Court to commit Ms Lee for contempt of court” (words from the AGC’s statement), it is a warning that prosecution will occur if she repeated her act. That said, the…

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