While we are complaining about free speech restrictions in Singapore, we should also be concerned about it back home.
The editor of New Zealand Asia and Capital Chinese News turned up to the Foreign Minister’s office to photograph (not interview, merely photograph) our beloved Foreign Minister meeting the Chinese assistant foreign minister.
The photographer had been granted permission to attend by the Minister’s press secretary.
However once there the Chinese Embassy staff objected to the photographer, because he “had published critical articles about China”.
So what did the Foreign Minister’s staff do? Did they say “I’m sorry but we have free press in New Zealand, and he has been accredited to take a photo”.
No they evicted Mr Wang from the building. Absolutely shameful behaviour.