SINGAPORE - A man who paid for sex with a 17-year-old girl was jailed for 11 weeks on Wednesday.
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Newspapers doing their job by naming vice ring's clients
By Sophie Hong, my paper, Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012
The reputation of the 48 men charged with having sex with an underage prostitute may have been affected because of media coverage, but Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts (Mica) Yaacob Ibrahim said newspapers are only doing their job.
He was responding to a question posed by a reporter during a lunch-time talk, organised by the Singapore Press Club, about the implications that the media coverage might have on the men's personal lives and families.
Those involved in the case thus far include Howard Shaw, 41, grandson of the founder of cinema operator Shaw Organisation; Lee Lip Hong, 39, former Pei Chun Public School principal; and Swiss national Juerg Buergin, 40, former executive director of operations at UBS Investment Bank.
"You can't prevent the newspapers from reporting it, because that's what newspapers are supposed to do. That's what the media is supposed to do," said Dr Yaacob, adding that good sense has been exercised in the news reports.
"In terms of the coverage, I think we will leave it to the best judgment of the media providers...so far I can say there is no need for Mica to call the various agencies to tone it down," he said.
The media reports surrounding the high-profile online vice-ring case began last Monday when 44 men, including nine public servants, were charged. Four more were charged last Wednesday.
Out of the 48 men, Lee and Chua Ren Cheng, 31, a former teacher at River Valley High School, told the court they intended to plead guilty.
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