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Press controls and the myth of the online bypass

Text of a talk at the Singapore Management University law school, 3 September 2012. When I started writing about press freedom issues more than 25 years ago, most Singaporeans seemed to believe that independent media…



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Interview with Malaysia’s BFM radio

Sharaad Kuttan of Malaysia’s business radio station, BFM, did an interview with me for his programme about the media. The interview starts at the tail end of the first segment of his 16 June 2012…


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Thank you, NUS Press

In April 2009, I met NUS Press managing director Paul Kratoska to ask if he would be interested in publishing a book on the Singapore press system. He said yes (subject to the usual review…


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The cover story, continued

It started with a gimmicky Facebook appeal: which cover design did my Facebook friends prefer? They voted and there was a clear favourite: But there was also a strong suggestion that the photo I’d picked…


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The news doesn’t wait, so more edits needed

My poor publisher. I’ve had to make more changes to the text, which has already been typeset. This time, it’s because this week’s threatened libel suit against a prominent website meant I have to update…


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The trust deficit

Freedom From The Press shows how the Singapore government has tried to insulate itself from press scrutiny in order to give the executive maximum room for manoeuvre. In the final chapter, I suggest that are…