25 Mar 2005

Climate control in the Singapore Press

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by Eric Ellis

The Australian, June 21, 2001

Part of the challenge, Chua says, of being a journalist and possibly even being a Singaporean is testing boundaries that are "not clearly defined" by the Government, "perhaps on purpose".

"It's part of our culture, part of our maturing as a nation."

That means little campaigning journalism and no established culture of investigative reporting. An underground press is virtually non-existent, in large part because of the Government's restrictive press laws.

The system functions like a big corporation, designed to maximise profit. The Government maintains an upbeat information department, frequently holding press briefings lauding economic achievements but rarely or publicly discusses substantive matters of policy and politics.

"Government press control might shock one's liberal western mindset, but this is now a well-entrenched part of national culture," says Roland Rich, a former Australian ambassador to Laos and co-author of the book Losing Control, which analyses press freedom across Asia. "You get the government you deserve and in Singapore you also get the press you deserve."

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2 comments:

Beach-yi said...

Can I say that listening to the song, Numb/Encore by Linkin Park/Jay makes for a very good soundtrack while reading all the innane comments by the Chua Sisters?

And oh, I am proud to announce I am STI-free for 5 days already. :p

soci said...

Like my new Singabloodypore flag?