Welcome to my online hub. This is a portal to my different websites (below). This site also contains my bio, list of publications and updates on current projects.
MediaAsia On media issues in Asia, focusing on journalism and freedom of expression.
Journalism.SG This site is devoted to journalism-related issues in Singapore.
Air-Conditioned Nation Essays and commentaries on Singapore politics and society.
Freedom From The Press The website for my latest book, Freedom From The Press.
Hate Spin Research site, on hate speech and journalism ethics.
ON MY BLOGS
EXPLORING HATE SPEECH
In March 2013, I interviewed a leading Turkish journalist, Yaduv Baydar, for my research project on hate speech. Baydar gives a frank assessment of his country's culture of intolerance. See my Hate Spin site.
They have internalised this severe form of nationalism and anti-otherness so deeply that they are not even aware of it." – YADUV BAYDAR on opinion columnists in Turkey, interviewed in hatespin.weebly.com.
elections IN SINGAPORE
The years 2011-13 have witnessed a series of elections in Singapore. My commentaries are on my Air-Conditioned Nation blog. Together with Tay Kay Chin, I edited GE11: We Were There, a commemorative magazine capturing the mood of Singapore's General Election in pictures. It won the prize for best feature photography at the Society of Publishers in Asia 2012 Awards for Editorial Excellence. Read more here and here.
Temasek Foundation - NTU Asia Journalism Fellowship
News For Kids: Publishing for students since 2003.
MEDIA ASIA A journal of AMIC, which I edit.
SUSTAINing INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM
ASIA JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIP
HATE SPEECH: looking the other way
MEDIA FREEDOM REPORT
BALI MEDIA FORUM
REGULATING RELIGIOUS INSULT: THE ANTI-ISLAM VIDEO
Academic freedom should be protected. It is not a privilege for scholars; it is a right for society as a whole." – First Amendment scholar KYU HO YOUM, interviewed in Media Asia issue 3, 2013.
I collaborated with Hao Xiaoming and Wen Nainan for a chapter on "Social Media and Political Participation in Singapore", published in Social Media, Culture and Politics in Asia, a volume edited by Lars Willnat and Annette Aw and published by Peter Lang in 2014. Based on our survey of Singapore university students, we argue that young people's internet use does not suggest any great change in the country's political trajectory. They are more likely to engage in passive forms of political participation, like watching videos, than in actions requiring personal initiative such as posting comments or writing to politicians. Those who are more active are more inclined towards community service, like doing volunteer work for charities, than participation in overly political activities such as working for parties or signing petitions.
My book, Freedom From The Press: Journalism and State Power in Singapore, was published in May 2012. It is a study of the country's media controls. Visit my book site for more information.
Bhutan, CLOSE UP
Samuel He's street portraits are among the highlights within Bhutan: In Search of a Middle Path, a book I co-edited showcasing the work of NTU's Go-Far overseas reporting team. A PDF version of the book is available here. More of the students' online reports are here.