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Official charged with leaking information
November 11, 2017
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Singapore: A Singapore civil servant was Friday charged with leaking confidential information about a government housing website to a journalist, sparking allegations authorities were trying to “intimidate” the media.

Authorities take a dim view of officials passing information to reporters without permission, and it is rare for it to happen at all in a country where the media is tightly controlled.

Ng Han Yuan, an employee with a government housing agency responsible for the public apartments where most Singaporeans live, faces up to two years in jail if convicted of breaching the official secrets act by passing information to journalist Janice Tai.

The 25-year-old is accused of giving details to Tai in May about an online portal, which will go live in January, where people will be able to resell their government apartments.

Agence France-Presse

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