Reply to Soci regarding Tochi
Posted by inspir3d on January 27, 2007
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While this is not the kind of post i enjoy writing, it is necessary that I deal with these allegations as these comments malign the integrity and reputation of the IS.
Before I deal with Soci’s allegations, let me present some evidence in favour of my case:
(Screenshot taken on Jan 27 at 12:18am, Click for full image)
1. Due to the overwhelming amount of content that has proliferated on the internet, IS focuses on aggregating blog commentary, not news releases produced by global news operations. This has been made clear since the inception of this website. It is within this context that the post which Soci has highlighted should be understood. As of midnight, Jan 26, the time which the post “Daily Reads Jan 26” was posted, I could find no blog posts with commentary regarding the Tochi case. Soci highlights news releases in his accusing post, claiming that IS is biased because it has not carried those releases in its main posts. But that is like faulting Tom for not carrying apples because he trades oranges. If Soci is unhappy about the lack of content about Tochi on the main posts of IS, then his issue is with the Singaporean blogosphere as a whole, for not writing more about Tochi.
2. The post “Evening Reads Jan 26” was posted at approximately the same time that Soci published his allegations. The content was compiled before my coming across his post and without being influenced by his scathing attack. In it, there were two entries containing commentary regarding the Tochi case, these are highlighted by the blue arrows in the image above.
3. Even with the main focus on commentary, the sidebar contains two international news feeds that carry Singapore News, that of Google and of Yahoo. These feeds clearly contained many news releases about Tochi’s hanging, not just on Jan 26, but during the days prior to the hanging. See the red arrow and oval in the image above. These are not in anyway controlled or edited by me. While these news items may not have been right in the centre of the website, anyone who tried to make full use of this website would have noticed these news items. Apparently Soci did not.
4. A reference to a piece of commentary regarding Tochi’s case was made on September 2nd, 2006. Tochi’s case was highlighted by this website long before the case hit the international headlines. See the yellow arrow and oval in the image above.
It is within the context of this evidence that I hope Soci will reconsider his criticisms against IS, and that readers will think about those allegations made. I also hope that Soci will consider that this website has been run completely without a cent of revenue, entirely with spare time and without any significant technological expertise. This website is perhaps not the best organised. But if Soci or anyone is willing to fund its upgrading and expansion, I would welcome the money with open arms. I also hope this reply makes Soci happy because, in a roundabout way, it raises more awareness about the death penalty in Singapore.
I certainly do not rejoice with Tochi’s death, and hope other Singaporeans do not. But perhaps there are better ways of effecting change other than making questionable accusations against others.
Update: IS has neither instigated nor endorsed any hacking of Singabloodypore.
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