Published on 25 Apr 2021

Should accused persons in Singapore be named before conviction? Lawyers, media academics have split views

TODAY, 25 April -

Amid an ongoing debate about whether the identity of accused persons should be protected prior to conviction, the Ministry of Law said in response to queries that it recognises the pros and cons of prioritising the principle of open justice — whereby those accused are publicly tried — and it is a matter being kept “under review from time to time”. Prof Ang Peng Hwa from NTU disagreed with the lawyers. “The way to look at it is that the media takes the place of the public who cannot go to court… because most of us have regular jobs,” he said.