Thursday, October 26, 2006

Did you know Singapore has no press freedom? | ad infinitum

Singapore's dropped 6 places in the Press freedom index. According to Reporters San Frontieres, we're at 146 now because

Singapore (146th) slipped six places because of new legal action by the government against foreign media.

Can't say that comes as a surprise. I suppose they're referring to the requirement that foreign media take out a bond/hostage for the Singapore government, so that they could be sued under Singapore law. The Far Eastern Economic Review refused (no surprise there, since they've been stung before), and promptly engaged on a round of Singapore-bashing. While the bashing was deserved, it doesn't say all that much about FEER's objectivity either.

Rest of the report

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