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WUSG adminstrator to be charged with criminal defamation for publishing false miscarriage story online

An administrator of Wake Up Singapore will be charged with criminal defamation on Wednesday for publishing a false miscarriage story involving KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) in March 2022.



Mr Ariffin Sha, an administrator of Wake Up Singapore (WUSG), a Singapore alternative media platform, will face charges in court on Wednesday for allegedly publishing a misleading article online that claimed a woman suffered a miscarriage due to mishandling at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH).

The article, titled “The baby is probably dead – Woman shares a harrowing account of her miscarriage at KKH A&E,” was posted on 23 March 2022, on the website and social media pages of WUSG.

The story alleged that the woman miscarried after a prolonged four-hour wait for COVID-19 treatment and abdominal pain management at KKH’s Accident & Emergency Department on 28 February 2022.

KKH responded by filing a police report two days after the article was published.

In earlier statements made by the Ministry of Health, KKH had identified the woman in question based on a screenshot of a hospital bill accompanying WUSG’s posts, which contained discrepancies with the patient’s account of events.

KKH’s investigations confirmed that the woman had been seen by a doctor within an hour of her arrival at the hospital in February and that she did not suffer any miscarriage.

A correction direction under the Protection against Online Falsehoods (POFMA) was also issued against the posts made by WUSG on 27 March 2022.

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) said in a statement that it launched an investigation into the allegations after consultation with the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

“Investigations revealed that the 26-year-old man was purportedly the administrator for WUSG’s website, Facebook page, and Instagram page. Subsequent investigations found that the allegations in the aforementioned article were untrue.” said SPF.

While SPF did not name Mr Ariffin in its statement, Gutzy has confirmed with Mr Ariffin about his charge and that he was informed by the police of the charge against him on Monday (22 April) after the investigation concluded after two years.

Mr Ariffin will be charged with criminal defamation (Section 499 of the Penal Code 1871) for disseminating the false narrative on WUSG’s website, Instagram page, and Facebook page, knowing that such imputation would harm KKH’s reputation.

It is unknown if the woman who provided the false information is charged along with Mr Ariffin.

Under Singapore law, a conviction for defamation could result in a sentence of up to two years in prison, a fine, or both.

WUSG had earlier issued an apology after the woman featured in the article admitted to fabricating her story.

The alternative news outlet shared a screenshot of a conversation with the woman, in which she confessed that her “recollection is false” and explained that her actions were driven by the emotional distress of a previous miscarriage.

The media platform disclosed that their initial belief in the woman’s account was misguided.

“We now realise that we may have been fed lies at every turn,” stated WUSG.

The outlet also mentioned that upon notifying the woman of the police report filed by KKH, it became evident that her call logs, invoices, and correspondence might have been doctored.

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In 2018, Terry was charged for writing, “Corruption at the highest echelons.” However Iswaran’s charge sheets show that between 2015 & Dec 2022 Iswaran received more than $300,000 in tickets and shows. So where is the compensation and apologies from the ruling party to Terry? How is it the AGC is quiet without even mentioning the wrongs done to Terry?

All these bastaxd are the same. Case just like Khan. Fucking bastasd making up stories to embrass the establishment.
Bastaxd like oppo losers think even hospitals are PAP entities.
Might as well say even Macdonald also is a PAP entity!😆😆😆😆

This is equivalent of a physical attack on people who make mistakes – NO MERCY. Who says non physical violence poses no damages.

This is POFMA, … fully weaponised !!!

Which, … fully supports this regime’s stance of “attack the establishment at your peril” !!!

Plus, … they are legalised and recognised “arbiter of truth” !!!

So, … if they assert that you are wrong, you are then, well and truly f**ked !!!

Isn’t it strange that people give false information to those in the Opposition so often and the police get involved? Is it a setup? LMW was also given false information. Once the apologies are given why should the AGC be involved? At the most, KKH should sue for reputation damage in a civil suit. Why is it taken to be criminal, when the doctoring of the documents was made by the informant themselves. So they should be arrested not the party who has been misled who are victims. Our AGC’s actions seem selective and targeted at dissidents. Hope LW replaces… Read more »