Being a Blogger Does Not Give You Diplomatic Immunity
I’m all for freedom of speech, but does it seem to you that us "bloggers" are getting just a little too big for our boots?
I ask, because there seems to be some kind of uproar over a US blogger in Singapore, who was arrested and released on bail after taunting a judge.
According to a court document, [Gopalan] Nair is charged with insulting Justice Belinda Ang Saw Ean last week by sending an email which said she "was throughout prostituting herself during the entire proceedings, by being nothing more than an employee of Mr Lee Kuan Yew and his son and carrying out their orders".
Like I said, go ahead and make your voice heard, but don’t assume that there’s some shiny blogger badge that you can wave, like a diplomatic immunity card. Especially when you happen to be in a nation that’s already proven to value its stability over your free speech.
And, if you publicly taunt said nation, what the heck do you expect?
On Saturday Nair had taunted authorities in a post on his blog, saying he was in Singapore at a particular hotel, and gave his phone number.
"I am now within your jurisdiction… What are you going to do about it?" wrote Nair, a former Workers’ Party candidate for parliament.