SINGAPORE (June 4): The Straits Times (ST) editor Warren Fernandez, in response to my article “Hidden hands, spin and the truth”, is standing by the reporting done by his correspondent Nirmal Ghosh. Nirmal has also defended his work in getting the interview with Xavier Andre Justo in a Bangkok jail in July 2015.

Before I respond to them, I would like to state that the term “hidden hands” that I used did not refer to the Singapore government as suggested in some social media postings. This has nothing to do with the Singapore government.

It has to do with how ST reported and published a story based on an interview with Justo that he has since said he was forced to do and in which he was forced to say things that were not true about The Edge, our chairman Tong Kooi Ong and Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle Brown.

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