A QUESTION OF INTEGRITY

IN SINGAPORE, FINES FOR AN ARTICLE ``SCANDALIZING' THE JUDICIARY

The defense argued that the article never mentioned Singapore. The prosecution insisted that ``reasonable readers'' would know exactly what the piece was all about. In the end, a Singapore court last week found a U.S. scholar and executives of the International Herald Tribune guilty of contempt for impugning the integrity of the judiciary. Judge Goh Joon Seng imposed a $6,900 fine on economist Christopher Lingle and smaller levies on the newspaper's publisher, its Asia editor, distributor and local printer.

The dispute arose last October, when the Herald Tribune, which is headquartered in Paris and jointly owned by the Washington Post Co.,...

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