Facebook Group Administrators Apologise For Post Of Doctored Article On City Harvest Church Ruling: AGC

SINGAPORE - Five administrators of a Facebook group have apologised for the post of a doctored article on its page on Feb 2, the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) said on Tuesday (Feb 13).

The post, made by 38-year-old delivery driver Neo Aik Chau, involved a newspaper report with an amended headline. It claimed a lawyer - who is an MP from the People's Action Party (PAP) - had saved the people accused of misusing funds of City Harvest Church from harsher sentences.

"The Facebook post made false and baseless allegations, and, in doing so, had impugned the impartiality and integrity of the Court of Appeal," said the AGC, adding that it wrote to the five last Friday (Feb 9).

Among them was Madam Ng Kwee Lay, who approved Mr Neo's post for publication on the page of the Chinese language Facebook group, whose name translates to "Policy discussion forum".

"By omitting to remove the Facebook post from the Facebook group between Feb 2 and 5 despite being aware of its publication, Mr Ong Sooi Eng, Mr Lee Leng Kok, Madam Tan Siew Tee and Mr Yap Tze Kiat, as the other administrators of the Facebook group, had also caused publication of the Facebook post," the AGC added.

Mr Neo's post was of Chinese-language daily Lianhe Wanbao's Page 1 report but with a false headline.

The original headline said an outdated law saved church founder Kong Hee and five others from harsher penalties. But the false headline said a PAP lawyer saved them, referring to Mr Edwin Tong, an MP for Marine Parade GRC who was Kong's lawyer in the criminal trial.

The AGC stressed in its Tuesday statement that administrators of Facebook groups or other similar online platforms are responsible for the content published.

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Source : http://www.straitstimes.com/politics/facebook-group-administrators-apologise-for-post-of-doctored-article-on-city-harvest-church

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