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.
Tumblr My rarely used microblog.
Twitter. My occasional tweets.
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.
The 6th round of this annual sabbatical programme will run from March to June 2014. Applications are now open. The three-month programme is a bridge-building initiative of Temasek Foundation and NTU.
Wee Kim Wee School Nanyang Technological University.
News For Kids & Mix Media Publishing for students since 2003.
MEDIA ASIA A journal of AMIC, which I edit.
BACK FROM HONG KONG
WHAT I'VE BEEN UP TO
George Orwell's 1984 contemplates a totalitarian society where censorship removes all evidence of truth. But we now seem to face something even worse – informational impunity, where knowledge doesn't seem to make a difference. My talk at the IFLA World Library & Information Congress is here.
My academic paper, presented at an International Communication Association pre-conference workshop on Global Communications and National Policies, can be downloaded here.
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.
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.