Attorney-General v Ting Choon Meng and another appeal [2017] 1 SLR 373


2017

We acted for the Singapore current affairs website, The Online Citizen, successfully responding to the Government’s appeal to the Court of Appeal. This case involved a question of statutory interpretation as to whether the Government was a ‘person’ under Section 15 of the Protection of Harassment Act and was therefore entitled to bring the Online Citizen to Court to seek an order that certain statements made by the Online Citizen about MINDEF were false.

In a rare 2-1 split decision, the majority of the Court agreed with our argument that the word ‘person’ under the Protection from Harassment Act could not be construed as extending to the Government. There was accordingly no legal basis for the Government to have commenced court proceedings against the Online Citizen under Section 15 of the Protection from Harassment Act.

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