Tag: press freedom

Malaysia to have a Freedom of Information Act to replace OSA

The government will draw up a Freedom of Information Act to replace the Official Secrets Act 1972, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He says the Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption, which he chaired, has agreed in principle that sufficient time must be given...

Philippine government accuses journalists and lawyers of plotting to oust President Rodrigo Duterte

Manila—In a press conference in Manila, Philippines, on Monday, April 22, a spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte accused journalists of propagating fake news for the purpose of unseating the strongman. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo referenced a matrix published in The Manila Times that showed alleged...

UK’s Guardian calls Malaysia the ‘only possible beacon’ of press freedom in SE Asia

Singapore—Pointing out that many countries in South East Asia are experiencing a crackdown in press freedom, noted UK media outlet, The Guardian, has called Malaysia the ‘only possible beacon of press freedom' in the region. In comparison, based on the results from Reporters Without Borders’...

Philippine journalist Maria Ressa arrested, groups decry it as attack on press freedom

Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, CEO and executive editor of online media company Rappler, was arrested Wednesday night over cyber libel charges. Police officers wearing civilian clothes served a warrant of arrest against Ressa while inside the Rappler headquarters in Pasig City. The warrant of arrest...

Singapore gains a point in free and independent media rating because of alternative news sources

Singapore’s free and independent media rating has gone up by one point in the past year. This was indicated in a report from United States’ NGO Freedom House, which publishes a report measuring civil liberties and political rights across the world every year. However, while...

Cherian George on the workings of the media: This is exactly what Lee Kuan Yew designed the press system to do

Cherian George, professor of media studies in the journalism department of Hong Kong Baptist University wrote a post on his website Air-Conditioned Nation about the pseudo-freedom of the press, adding that the way the press behaves today was “exactly what Lee Kuan Yew designed...

VIDEO: Media rallies for press freedom in Turkey

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Journalists fear for their livelihood in Malaysia

With 90% of the printed media - which is a sunset industry - under government control, it is not surprising to see Malaysia's poor ranking in the Reporter's Without Borders or RSF list of media freedom. However, this ranking hides a cruel truth that is...

LKY and a fly

Dancer Goh Lay Kuan tells the story of  a fly that got the people of the TV station at Caldecott Hill hot under the collar. She tells Singapolitics: “Once, there was a fly when he (Lee Kuan Yew) arrived  to give the National Day address....

How long can Singapore continue with present media model?

The PM was recently questioned about Singapore’s ranking in the press freedom index. He said the country’s media model has worked but was also changing with the coming on of the new media. The Independent Singapore speaks to former NMP Siew Kum Hong on whether...