Straits Times win SOPA Award for human rights reporting?

State Times won an award for human rights reporting? I nearly fell off my chair as I laughed hysterically.

The award was given by Sopa, a non-profit group based in Hong Kong, that promotes best practices in publishing.

State Times Online reported: ” The 167-year-old newspaper bagged the top awards in three categories – human rights reporting, explanatory reporting and news photography.”

Actually State Times won the award just for one article on human trafficking about women tricked into prostitution in Singapore.

The ruling party stands accused of human rights abuses: its defamation suits against political opponents, wrongful arrests and torture of Singaporeans under the ISA and so on.

But the State Times prefer to remain silent on these issues. That is why the award by Sopa is not only ridiculous but laughable.


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