A regular column by a well-known internet blogger called "Mr brown" was suspended on Friday after the Singapore government criticized his piece about the high cost of living, said editor-in-chief Mano Sabnani.
"It is the decision of the editors of Today," he said, five days after the state-owned free tabloid published the government's blast.
"As for the column, I cannot say ... how long it will be suspended," Sabnani said in an e-mail to Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.
The columnist, whose real name is Lee Kin Mun, a 36-year-old writer, said in his June 30 column that increases in taxi fares and electricity tariffs had come after the recent elections and at a time when a government survey showed a widening income gap.
"Singaporeans are fed up with progress," was the title.
In a response which Today published on Monday, K Bhavani, press secretary to the Minister of Information, Communications and the Arts, said the views "distort the truth" and offered no solutions.
Opinions widely circulated in a regular column in a serious newspaper should meet higher standards, Bhavani said. "It is not the role of journalists or newspapers in Singapore to champion issues, or campaign for or against the government."
The suspension triggered hundreds of responses to Lee's own blog, or web log, predominantly critical of the suspension of the column.
While renowned as an economically advanced country, Singapore's restrictions on press freedom and free expression are among the strictest in Asia.
Bloggers and podcasters were even warned against participating in political discourse during the campaigning for the May 6 general election.
Within the city-state, political observer Tan Tarn How said he did not support Today's decision.
"If you believe that pluralism is good, this is an unfortunate case of mass media censorship, or self-censorship," The Straits Times quoted him as saying.
7 Jul 2006