Media

“Fair, balanced and objective” Straits Times strangely silent about Lee Hsien Yang’s criticism of People’s Action Party

Yesterday (28 July), the Prime Minister’s younger brother Lee Hsien Yang has voiced his support for the newly forms Progress Singapore Party (PSP) headed by former People’s Action Party MP Dr Tan Cheng Bock. Mr Lee’s support expressed in a Facebook post also criticised the ruling party as having ‘lost its way’. Surprisingly, one of Singapore’s mainstream media outlets, Straits …

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Can the public trust the mainstream media to report anything positive of the alternative parties if they practice censorship on news?

As most of our readers would be aware, The Online Citizen (TOC) held a fundraising dinner on Saturday night (6 July) at FiftyRafflesPlace. Given that the venue of the fundraiser was a fairly upmarket one with high profile attendees such as prominent opposition politicians like former Peoples’ Action Party (PAP) Member of Parliament (MP), Dr. Tan Cheng Bock, Workers’ Party …

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Are the MSMs and their experts trying to sensationalise Temasek’s performance?

by Joseph Nathan When Temasek releases its latest “Summary Reporting”, I find the various reports from our mainstream media very confusing. With a headline that screams “Temasek’s net portfolio value hits record high for third year running”, one would expect its returns on investment to be doing well too. Interestingly, its latest Total Shareholder Return or TSR for the same …

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Is there a mainstream media censor on news relating to Lee Hsien Yang?

Being arguable the most prominent family in Singapore, people are generally hungry for news about the Lees. Whether it’s the Prime Minister himself or members of his immediate and extended family, news about the Lee family often makes it into mainstream media – be it news of their family spat of the late Lee Kuan Yew’s will to something as …

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Hong Kong fact checkers urge citizens to be vigilant of online falsehoods

Hong Kong fact checkers remind citizens to be vigilant against content spreading online that could be fabricated with the intent of pitting people each other, a strategy commonly used by the Communist Party to divide the masses. Even as the people in Hong Kong continue to push for the total withdrawal of the controversial Extradition Bill, pro-establishment social sites are …

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Govt restriction on distributing press releases to accredited alternative media – borne out of fear?

Just a fortnight ago, journalist Nicholas Yong of Yahoo! News Singapore shared his experience with receiving the short stick of the end of an “unequal access” to “the most important press releases, speeches and event invites” from government agencies, as a media practitioner from an alternative news outlet. Receiving press releases hours after mainstream media outlets have broken a story …

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Mothership labels Singaporean activist as ‘foreign influence’ for his comments on Hong Kong – he calls them out for their double standards

After sharing his thoughts on the protests in Hong Kong and noting how Singaporean’s should not only support the people there but also be inspired by them, Roy Ngerng was described by Mothership.sg as a ‘foreign influence’. Specifically, in an article detailing Mr Ngerng’s original post the website used the phrase: “This is some next level foreign-influence-ception” when talking about …

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Hong Kong Journalists Association lodges complaints to independent watchdog against police treatment of media during protest; Would Singapore journalists have the same means?

As journalists do their best to cover the historic extradition bill protests in Hong Kong this past few days, stories are surfacing about the violent treatment of on-the-ground reporters and media personnel by the police. According to the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) has filed a complaint to a police watchdog over 27 such …

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