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Knowledge work in an age of informational impunity

Academics, like journalists, cannot pretend that merely adding to knowledge, without a sense of moral purpose, is a responsible use of their time and...
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Online ethics: why regulators should keep out

Press history shows that social responsibility develops in an environment of freedom. The internet is such a big part of our lives that we...

Reporting diversity: media, social norms and public opinion

Of all the functions that journalists perform, few are as important as helping people make sense of diversity. The media have tremendous potential to...

How Singapore’s media restrictions hurt even the PAP

World Press Freedom Day is traditionally a time to remember journalists who have suffered or died in the line of duty. By that measure,...

Regulating hate speech: how not to do it

  Hate speech. You know it’s a perplexing problem when not even democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi can come up with a quotable...
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Media sustainability: Why J-schools must go upstream

Thoughts prepared for a session on Journalism Education in Myanmar, at the East-West Center International Media Conference in Yangon, 10 March 2014. More than...

What democratic elections require from media

Social media are a mixed blessing for election coverage. This is the text of a talk at the Bali Media Forum 2013, held at...
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A very Hong Kong reaction to an Asia-wide problem

Hong Kongers tune in to the scandal that is TV regulation.   PROTEST has become such a fixture of Hong Kong life that it...

Bhutanese press in soul-searching mood

Bhutan’s media are coming to grips with some home truths, but there may still be reason for cautious optimism. Weeks after their nation’s second...

The unknowing of public knowledge

Even with abundant information and the removal of censorship, truth may not prevail. This the edited text of a plenary address to the IFLA...


This a blog of Cherian George, editor of the journal, Media Asia. The articles here focus on media freedom and related issues in Asia. The Resources page contains a list of links that researchers and students should find helpful. For information on how to contribute to the academic journal, Media Asia, please visit the journal’s site.

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  • Singaporean documentary banned

    At a time of ISIS and Ebola, the government of Singapore has found an unlikely threat to national security – a documentary by independent filmmaker Tan Pin Pin that includes interviews with former communists. Its decision today to ban her film, To Singapore With Love, is not just disproportionate. It is also an insult to Singaporeans, who are in effect being told that they are not smart enough to engage critically with Tan’s film, no matter how biased it may be, and to weigh what her interviewees claim against what the official history states.

    The government says that the film is unfair to the good work done by security agencies in combating communism. But, surely that battle was important precisely because our emerging system of democratic government was at stake. We would honour those who defended Singapore against communist overthrow by living up to their faith in the young nation’s capacity to deal with ideological differences through open competition – not by grasping at commie-style censorship. Unfortunately, that irony in its latest move appears to be lost on the government.



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