12 Apr '11, 1am

Cherian George in 1998: Freedom from the Press. #sgelections

The government's second level of control addresses precisely this point. The Newspaper and Printing Presses Act of 1974 takes control behind the scenes, precluding the need for messy public battles with the press. This piece of legislation requires newspaper companies to be publicly listed, and their shares to be divided into ordinary and management shares. Under the Act, Government decides who gets management shares. This ensures that the Government has a say in the composition of the board of directors of newspaper companies, and through them, in the appointment of group editors and newspaper chief editors. It can thus ensure that the journalists who rise to the top-most editorial positions -- those who will serve as the main gatekeepers of the press -- are pro-establishment and conservative. This legislation is the main explanation for why the Singapore press is not jus...

Full article: http://www.singapore-window.org/80402cg.htm

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