[Investigative Journalism] Amos Yee Saga – 8 Controversial Claims Published by Singapore Press

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Timeline of Postings: March 31 – April 14 2015

# Initial Claim 1:

Police report was made by Amos mother who had declared him to be beyond her control.

By Press / Source :  

ST Reliable Source

Rebuttal: 

  • Police report was taken out of context. (Where was the reliable source they had heard from?)

  • I did not file a police report to have my son arrested.

  • Apology made to police made was in hopes for police to be more lenient in handling of her son’s case.

By Press / Source:

The Online CitizenMary Toh (Amos Yee’s Mother)

Validity of Initial Claim:

FALSE

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 Timeline of Postings: May 8 -13 2015

# Initial Claim 2:

Amos Yee was asked to leave his Catholic Church in 2013.

By Press / Source :  

TODAY, ST / Police Statement of Amos Yee (*same day)

Rebuttal: 

  • Amos Yee had left his church in 2013 on his own accord. (Should the press have validated the facts with the Church before publishing something inaccurate?)

By Press /Source:

CNA, TODAY / Archdiocese Communications Office, Police Statement of Amos Yee (*same day)

Validity of Initial Claim:

FALSE

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(Samosa Lee from The Noose)

Timeline of Postings: June 12 – 23 2015

# Initial Claim 3:

Amos Yee was taken to the prison medical facility, strapped to a bed, with one hand and leg restrained for 1.5 days after he had again expressed suicidal thoughts to the prison psychiatrists at Changi Prison. He could only sit or lie down, making it hard to urine or defecate too.            

 [@ Changi Prison]

By Press / Source :  

TOC / Mary Toh, Amos Yee Lawyer’s Letter

Rebuttal: 

 SILENCE

  • Mainstream press has yet to mention, deny nor agree with the allegations.

  • Amos has hinted on a future revelation via his FB page.

Food For Thought:

  1. The Noose censored out the strapping scene on Toogle which they had already shown it on TV (indirect Parody of Amos Yee.) What was the purpose of taking out the strapping scene? Hm…
  2. How did that segment of the parody even get past TV censors?
  3. Is Noose secretly a Parody show with strong political undertones ?

Validity of Initial Claim: 

TBC

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[The character Belle from the local film – Faeryville (2015) reminds me very much of Amos Yee. Will share on it in one of my future posts.]

Timeline of Postings: June 21 – 23 2015

# Initial Claim 4:

Amos Yee was kept in a special room with a CCTV, where lights were on 24 hours a day; though dimmed a little in the night.                                                                                                                                                                   [@ Changi Prison]

By Press / Source :

 TOC / Mary Toh

 Amos Yee FB Page

Rebuttal:  

SILENCE

  • Mainstream press has yet to mention, deny nor agree with the allegations.

Validity of Initial Claim: 

TBC

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Timeline of Postings: June 23 – July 6 2015

# Initial Claim 5:

Amos is suspected of having Autism Spectrum Disorder.

By Press / Source :  

Both Independent & Mainstream Press / Doctor’s Psychiatric report from the Institute of Mental Health

* Amos Yee’s father told reporters his son had not been previously diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. “There has been a lot of speculation online about it, but nothing in his growing-up years suggested this.” (June 24 2015, ST)

[A doctor’s report states that the teen blogger may suffer from autism-spectrum disorder. Pending a psychiatric report from the Institute of Mental Health, he may have to undergo mandatory treatment.] – Directly quoted from CNA News Clips  (Wow. This is un..un.un.un.unbelievable)

Rebuttal:  

  • Yee was later found to not have Autism Spectrum Disorder or any other mental disorder.

  • “From one simple sentence by the prodigious psychiatrist Dr Winslow, who said that this boy might have autism, and then eventually finding out that he doesn’t” – Amos Yee FB Page

 

By Press / Source :  

Both Independent & Mainstream Press / Doctor’s Psychiatric report from the Institute of Mental Health

Validity of Initial Claim:

TRUE REPORTING 

but 

Doctor’s assumption was later proven untrue

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Timeline of Postings: June 24 2015

# Initial Claim 6:

Amos Yee was surrounded by mentally unsound patients even though his mother was told by (someone) that he could have been sent to a private ward. He was also placed in a room alone with a CCTV, and could hear screaming patients all day long. 

By Press / Source :  

TOC / Mary Toh

 Rebuttal: 

SILENCE

  • Mainstream press has yet to mention, deny nor agree with the allegations.

  • Amos has hinted on a future revelation via his FB page.

Validity of Initial Claim: 

TBC

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Timeline of Postings: July 2 – 3  2015

# Initial Claim 7:

Amos Yee was placed at Block 7 of IMH Buangkok. 

By Press / Source :  

Amnesty International

   TOC / Mary Toh

Rebuttal: 

SILENCE

  • Mainstream press has yet to mention specifically where he was remanded at in IMH. (No wonder banana rhymes with Buangkok.. And he wanted to wear a pyjamas to court.. Cause eureka – BANANA IN PYJAMAS)

Validity of Initial Claim: 

TBC

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Timeline of Postings: July 5 – 6  2015

# Initial Claim 8:

Amos Yee went on a hunger strike to protest against his treatment.                                 (and was sent to the hospital.)

By Press / Source :  

Straits Times Review / Amos Yee’s Lawyer, Martyn See, Roy Ngerng, Mary Toh

Rebuttal:  

  • Yee “has not been eating well, perhaps loss of appetite or no appetite, understandably so and hence his blood sugar went down…I’ve not been told of a hunger strike.” – Mr Dodwell, Amos Yee’s lawyer. (Hmm.. definitely inspired by his great Matyr Ghandi)

 By Press / Source:

ST, TNP

  • Amos has briefly mentioned in his FB page about his hunger strike.

Validity of Initial Claim:

“And no, unlike what the media reported I was not on a deliberate’ hunger strike’ I genuinely could not fucking eat.” – Amos Yee’s Blog on 30 August 2015

Latest: *Amos Yee have came up to say that the hunger strike was a fraud.

UNTRUE Reporting of Hunger Strike but TRUE reporting or being sent to hospital

The ever changing faces of Amos Yee.

What does he have up his sleeves next?

Does this mark the end of a shocking resistance.. Or does it epitomise the start of a surprising revolt?

We can only wait and see…

More than meets the eye,
Who is speaking the truth and who is telling a lie?
Will we ever know what’s going on?
Or will it soon be forgotten, and life carries on as per norm?

Written by: Cass

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Article for reading: 1994 – 2015: A Chronology of Authoritarian Rule in Singapore

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