SPH sacked STOMP staff for fake ‘MRT open door’ photo
Posted by temasektimes on June 25, 2012
23 year old Samantha Francis initially claimed she took the photograph herself at Lakeside MRT station last Tuesday night which was strenuously denied by SMRT.
After some questioning by SPH, Ms Francis admitted that she copied the image from Twitter without giving due credit.
In an apology sent to SMRT, Mr Patrick Daniel, editor-in-chief of SPH’s English and Malay Newspapers Division wrote:
“My team and I would like to apologise unreservedly to SMRT for this erroneous report by one of our staff. We truly regret the damage this has caused SMRT. Aside from breaching our professional ethics, what she (Ms Francis) has done goes against all the values that we stand for.”
The Singapore media is ranked 150th in the world in terms of press freedom by U.S. NGO Freedom House.