TRS co-founder slams TODAY for “outright false and defamatory” allegations against him and his wife

TRS co-founder slams TODAY for “outright false and defamatory” allegations against him and his wife

The Independent·2018-01-30 12:10


The co-founder of the now-defunct The Real Singapore website, Yang Kaiheng, has slammed Mediacorp’s online news publication TODAY online for publishing “outright false and defamatory” allegations against him and his wife. Both Yang and his then-pregnant wife, Ai Takagi, were sentenced to jail in 2016 after the court found them guilty of publishing supposedly seditious articles on their website.

The husband and wife are now out of prison but Yang indicates that they are unable to move on from the episode due to news reports like the TODAY article, that he believes is “trying to make me and my wife a devil by saying we made $500,000 by deliberately producing fake news”.

The TODAY article, a piece on “the dark forces behind fake news”, was published over the weekend and had this to say about Yang and his wife: Closer to home, the now-defunct website The Real Singapore (TRS) — whose owners were jailed for publishing sham socio-political reports about Singapore — was reported to have made more than S$500,000 in advertising revenue in the span of 1.5 years.

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