—(1) Except as provided by subsections (2) and (3), it shall not be lawful to publish a report of any committal hearing containing any matter other than that permitted by subsection (4).
(2) A Magistrate’s Court shall, on an application for the purpose made with reference to any committal hearing by the accused person or one of the accused persons, as the case may be, order that subsection (1) shall not apply to reports of those proceedings.
(3) It shall not be unlawful under this section to publish a report of any committal hearing containing any matter other than that permitted by subsection (4) —
where the examining Magistrate determines not to commit the accused person or persons for trial, after he so determines; and
where an examining Magistrate commits the accused person or any of the accused persons for trial, after the conclusion of his trial or, as the case may be, the trial of the last to be tried.
(4) The following matters may be contained in a report of a committal hearing published without an order under subsection (2) before the time authorised by subsection (3):
the identity of the court and the name of the examining Magistrate;
the names, and occupations of the parties and the ages of the accused person or persons;
the offence or offences, or a summary of them, with which the accused person or persons is or are charged;
the names of advocates engaged in the proceedings;
any decision of the court to commit the accused person or any of the accused persons for trial, and any decision of the court on the disposal of the case of any accused person not committed;
where the court commits the accused person or any of the accused persons for trial, the charge or charges, or a summary of them, on which he is committed;
where the committal hearing is adjourned, the date to which it is adjourned;
any arrangements as to bail on committal or adjournment.
(5) If a report is published in contravention of this section, the following persons shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000:
in the case of a publication of a report as part of a newspaper or periodical, any proprietor, editor or publisher of the newspaper or periodical;
in the case of a publication of a report otherwise than as part of a newspaper or periodical, the person who publishes it;
in the case of a broadcast of a report by a body corporate, limited liability partnership, partnership or unincorporated association, any person acting on behalf of the body corporate, limited liability partnership, partnership or unincorporated association, having functions in relation to the broadcast of the report corresponding to those of the editor of a newspaper or periodical.
(6) Proceedings for an offence under this section shall not be instituted otherwise than by or with the consent of the Public Prosecutor.
(7) Subsection (1) shall be in addition to, and not in derogation of, the provisions of any other written law with respect to the publication of reports and proceedings of a Magistrate’s Court and any other court.
(8) In this section —
“broadcast” means any transmission of signs or signals for general reception, using wireless telecommunications or any other means of delivery, whether or not the transmission is encrypted;
“publish”, in relation to a report, means make the report available to the general public of Singapore, or any section thereof, in whatever form and by whatever means, including broadcasting and transmitting on what is commonly known as the Internet.