24 Jun '11, 8am

"I believed the information that was given to me from the government at that time. I saw that the people believed...

"I believed the information that was given to me from the government at that time. I saw that the people believed...

What is particularly disturbing about Dr Tan's remarks is that the people he consulted – presumably a cross-section of Singaporeans – also believed that the detainees were guilty of the crimes they were accused of. Their acceptance of state propaganda helped seal the fate of those imprisoned and allowed the captors to abuse, beat up and humiliate citizens of Singapore who did no wrong. Such collective delusion could only happen in a society where public opinion is corralled by a media that serve to propagandize rather than question and analyze. There was only one source from which the public received its information to come to the “general consensus” that the detainees were guilty of plotting to violently overthrow the Singapore Government. Mr Vincent Cheng was beaten into confessing his role in the plot. He was forced to sit before the cameras on Caldecott Hill and lie to...

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