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Judgment in Singapore – Dow Jones statement

Judgment in Singapore
Mar 24, 2009

Dow Jones will continue to report and comment on matters of international importance.

From today’s Wall Street Journal Asia.

With a Singapore court’s ruling last week, the case is now closed on the latest legal action brought by the city-state’s Attorney General against this newspaper. The legal action was over two editorials and a letter to the editor published in these pages last year. In November, Singapore’s High Court ruled against Dow Jones Publishing Co. (Asia). The Attorney General has said that the articles impugned the integrity, impartiality and independence of Singapore’s courts.

On Thursday, the court found a New York-based editor of The Wall Street Journal guilty of contempt and fined her 10,000 Singapore dollars, or about $6,600. Melanie Kirkpatrick, a deputy editor of the editorial page, oversees the opinion pages of the international editions. Singapore’s Attorney General said in a statement that the court ruling served “the public interest in protecting the Singapore judiciary from unwarranted attacks.”

Following is Dow Jones’s statement on the ruling:

“Dow Jones remains extremely disappointed with the Court’s ruling against the company in November, and strongly disagrees with the Court’s finding that the complained-of editorials and letter to the editor constitute contempt of court. It is regrettable that although the Court already imposed a fine against Dow Jones, the Attorney General still chose to pursue additional contempt charges. Melanie Kirkpatrick agreed not to reargue the Court’s previous interpretation of the publications in order to resolve this matter in its entirety. But neither Ms. Kirkpatrick nor Dow Jones agrees with the substance of the charges or the contempt judgment. Dow Jones is committed to defending the right of The Wall Street Journal Asia to report and comment on matters of international importance, including matters concerning Singapore.”

These are links to the two editorials and a letter to the editor mentioned above:

Democracy in Singapore – June 26, 2008

Judging Singapore’s Judiciary – July 15, 2008

Let the Court Produce the Transcript, Show the Truth – July 5, 2008

See also Singapore Strikes Again by the Journal dated Nov 29, 2008.

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