25 March 2010

All in the Family

The New York Times has paid $114,000 in damages to three of Singapore's leading politicians: Lee Hsien Loong (the current Prime Minister), Goh Chok Tong (his predecessor), and Lee Kuan Yew (the founder of the country). The damages relate to an article published in the International Herald Tribune on 15th February, headlined "All in the family". The op-ed, written by Philip Bowring, violated an earlier legal settlement dating back to 1994, when Bowring gave an undertaking that he would not refer to Singapore's government as dynastic or nepotistic. Lee Hsien Loong previously won damages from The Economist in 2004 after it alleged "a whiff of nepotism" in his wife's appointment as head of Singapore's state investment agency Temasek.