Media

DPM Heng wants mainstream media to be trusted and reliable news source

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat wrote on his Facebook page saying that he visited SPH yesterday (11 Nov). “It’s my first look at SPH since they completed their renovations this year,” Heng said. “Saw the newly-built SPH studios and got a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how the various newsrooms operate.” Heng said that although the media landscape has changed, the …

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Hiring of foreigners in positions prone to foreign influence must be viewed from “broader perspective”: Law and Home Affairs Minister

The nature of organisations and the Government’s own ability to identify any possible foreign influence should be looked into when assessing the risks of employing foreigners in positions prone to said influence, and must be viewed from a “broader perspective”, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam in Parliament on Mon (4 Nov). Mr Shanmugam was responding to a …

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ST total circulation trending downwards in last 8 years

SPH has just published its latest annual report for the financial year ending August 2019. It its report, SPH revealed that the total print and digital circulation of its flagship newspaper Straits Times (ST) increased 4.2% from 370,000 to 386,100. This total increase of 4.2% reversed the trend of its last three years’ figures of -18.4% (2016), -2.5% (2017) and …

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POFMA to take effect starting 2 Oct

The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) will take effect starting Wed (2 Oct), five months after Parliament had passed the legislation in May, according to the Government Gazette on Tue (1 Oct). The notice reiterates that the Info-communications Media Development Authority has been appointed as the “Competent Authority” under the Act by the Minister for Communications and …

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Cherian George criticises Straits Times for supporting the government’s move in attacking independent journalists in Singapore

Professor Cherian George, a prominent professor of Media Studies and former member of the Media Literacy Council, took to his Twitter on Friday (27 September) to criticise the Straits Times (ST) for standing behind the government in attacking independent journalists in Singapore. “The Straits Times is supporting the #Singapore government’s attack on independent journalists, not for lack of professional ability …

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ST Editor says important to have “unvarnished” reporting while his predecessor tells a different story

At the Real News Matters journalism forum held at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central last Saturday (28 Sep), Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Chief Editor Warren Fernandez told the audience that journalists play a critical role amid a proliferation of fake news and views existing today. With misinformation on the rise, journalists play a crucial role in providing …

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Facebook tightens political advert rules for Singapore

Facebook on Thursday introduced strict criteria for political ads on the social network in Singapore to prevent the spread of misinformation as the city-state gears up for elections. Faced with criticism the site has been used to manipulate polls, Facebook has been tightening rules on such adverts around the world, from the United States to India. Those advertising in Singapore …

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Reporters Without Borders’ latest report entitled “Newspapers that never arrive” sheds light on how governments, state institutions, powerful oligarchs, and corporations obstruct print media distribution.

As print media publishers and distributors from all over the world gathered in Berlin, from 22nd till 25th September, for the annual Distripress congress, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released its latest report, entitled “Newspapers that never arrive,” which sheds light on how governments, state institutions, powerful oligarchs, and corporations obstruct print media distribution. Instead of silencing journalists or preventing them …

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