Samantha Ann Francis Incident – What Does NTU Think?
Posted by temasektimes on July 6, 2012
I refer to the recent fiasco over the fabricated STOMP posting of an MRT train moving with doors open by Ms Samantha Ann Francis.
It has been made known over the media that the picture, which she initially claimed was taken by her, was taken from a Twitter post (“Stomp staff sacked over false ‘MRT open door photo'”, AsiaOne, 25 Jun 2012). Her fabricated posting was taken seriously by SMRT and the general public, and caused much alarm. Ms Samantha topped things off by meeting SMRT staff and telling them how she supposedly saw the open doors and took a picture of them. SMRT investigated her account of the incident, which the STOMP editor said she stood by, and found through EZ Link card and video records that she was not at Lakeside station (“So, was door of moving train open?”, The Straits Times, 22 June 2012).
Ms Samantha has since been sacked for breaching journalism ethics, and rightfully so. Her actions were not professional and showed a shocking lack of values. She is understood to be a student of English Language and Literature at the Nanyang Technological University, and is expected to graduate soon. I would like to ask if the University stands for what she has done, and if they would still allow her to graduate with a degree from the University.