In her interview with Australian media Fairfax, Ai Takagi said that she did not regret running the site because it aired the grievances of common Singaporeans.
“Regret would be the wrong word.
If I could have I would have liked to have a bit more editing of content to sort of avoid risks. It probably would have made everything easier but in terms of setting up a website where people can air their grievances I don’t think that there’s anything really wrong with that still.”
International media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders, called the Singapore’s sentencing disproportionate and used to shut dissent voices:
“This sentence is disproportionate and Ai Takagi should not go to jail for 10 months. Except for clear cut cases of call for hatred, media offenses should be dealt by a Civil court. This is why the sedition law should be abrogated by the government. Especially when the latter is known for having used it for political purposes, in order to muzzle dissent voices.”
Australian Professor, Head of Journalism at Curtin University, Dr Joseph Fernandez said, “Sedition law has no place in a modern democracy. Ordinary laws provide adequately to deal with the kind of mischief presented in cases such as the TRS story that led to the arrest of an Australian woman.”
In the meantime, Ai Takagi’s family is celebrating the good news of her 2-months pregnancy which is due around Oct 2016. She will start serving her 10 months’ jail sentence from next month (April 2016) onwards.
Singapore’s government-controlled media, ranked 153rd for press freedom, is attacking Ai Takagi with baseless allegations about her “pocketing” half a million dollars from ad revenues while the government-paid online trolls calling for heavier sentences and making hate speeches like “hang her” and making jokes about Ai Takagi’s unborn baby being born in prison.