Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad congratulates media over improved ranking in the latest World Press Freedom Index

Following the country’s ascension in the latest World Press Freedom Index rankings, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad took to Instagram on Fri (3 May) to congratulate Malaysian media for the improved ranking. Malaysia rose by 22 places at the 123rd spot this year, with a decrease of 10.67 points from 36.74 points last year. A lower score indicates greater press …

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The revelation about press manipulation back in 1997 bears striking similarities to 2017 AGC investigation on a private post by Li Shengwu

Just recently on 25 April, former Associate Editor of Straits Times Bertha Henson published a ‘confession’ on her blog Bertha Harian about the incident that happened during the 1997 General Election when Worker’s Party politicians Tang Liang Hong and JB Jeyaretnam were caught up in a defamation scandal. Ms Henson recounted in her post how Mr Tang was constantly targeted …

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A free press is the platter to our bread-and-butter issues

by Nabilah Husna Tomorrow is UN’s World Press Freedom Day. I want to believe that that announcement would cause a sting of self-awareness among most media consumers in Singapore. But I fear that might be a bit too hopeful. Maybe because ‘press freedom’ doesn’t hit quite the right note in a chorus of other important social issues that are, rightly …

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POFMA will likely cover private messages such as WhatsApp, FB messaging

The proposal of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) have people concerned over the scope of the legislation. Many have argued that the law could severely restrict not only freedom of the press but also freedom of speech in Singapore overall. Ministers have assured the public that they need not worry. In fact, Law and Home Affairs …

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CNA fails to do fact-checking when reporting on online news site, Observer+

On 28 April (Sunday), Channel NewsAsia (CNA) published an article titled “An AI-driven online news site? Observer+ taps automation to serve up fast food news” which talked about Observer+, a news site, that is looking to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to pick out major news of the day, its most important points and re-package coverage based on what the online …

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