November 8, 2010 - Updated on January 20, 2016

Thirty free speech groups sign petition for Alan Shadrake

Thirty press freedom groups from five continents, all members of IFEX, have signed a petition to Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong about the case of Malaysia-based British writer and journalist Alan Shadrake, who could be sent to prison in Singapore for his book, "Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock" about the death penalty in Singapore.

The petition has already been signed online by hundreds of people.

A court is due to announce Shadrake’s sentence tomorrow (8 November). Found guilty of contempt on 3 November, he is facing imprisonment, a fine, or both.

Dear Prime Minister Lee,

We would like to draw your attention to the case of British writer and journalist Alan Shadrake, who is currently being tried in your country for writing a book about the death penalty. To our knowledge, there are no grounds for the contempt of court charge that the attorney-general's office has brought against him.

We therefore urge you to intercede with the appropriate authorities to get this charge withdrawn and to allow Mr. Shadrake to leave your country, as his health requires.


ARTICLE 19: Global Campaign for Free Expression

Association of Independent Electronic Media

Bahrain Center for Human Rights

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

Cartoonists Rights Network International

Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

Centre for Independent Journalism

Ethiopian Freepress Journalists' Association

Freedom House

Free Media Movement

Human Rights Network for Journalists

Independent Journalism Center

Index on Censorship

Institute for the Studies on Free Flow of Information

Institute of Mass Information

Instituto Prensa y Sociedad de Venezuela

International Federation of Journalists

International PEN Writers in Prison Committee

Maharat Foundation (Skills Foundation)

Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (Australia)

Media Watch

National Press Association

National Union of Somali Journalists

Observatoire pour la liberté de presse, d'édition et de création

Pacific Islands News Association

Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms

Public Association "Journalists"

Reporters Without Borders

World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters

World Press Freedom Committee

Sign the petition here:,38642.html