04 Sep '12, 6am

Press control and the myth of the online bypass (ht @k0pio)

Text of a talk delivered at the Singapore Management University law school on 3 September. When I started writing about press freedom issues more than 25 years ago, most Singaporeans seemed to believe that independent media might actually cause more harm than good in a country that was already pretty well governed. It wasn’t that they believed that their press was free. They just didn’t care that it wasn’t . Today, most Singaporeans seem equally unconvinced that press freedom is an important issue. However, the reasons have changed. Singaporeans no longer take good governance for granted and they are much more prepared to speak up on national issues. It’s just that they don’t feel they need the press to magnify their voices. Today’s internet-enabled citizens feel empowered to say almost anything, whenever, however and to whomever they wish. Seized by this new sense of effi...

Full article: http://journalism.sg/2012/09/04/press-controls-and-the-my...

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