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Terry Xu

HRD & Chief Editor
The Online Citizen

Terry Xu is a human rights defender and the Chief Editor of The Online Citizen, an independent news website in Singapore. A staunch defender of freedom of expression and information, his writing advocates for transparency of the government and against corruption within Singaporean society.


In contrast with Singapore's reputation as a successful economic hub, human rights defenders face lawsuits, fines, arrest and detention, and travel bans as a result of their legitimate work. Singapore has an extremely strict criminal defamation law, under which even those indirectly involved in producing an allegedly libelous article can be sued; printers, news vendors, authors and editors are all susceptible to charges.