BOOK PROJECT: HATE SPIN
Hate Spin: The Manufacture of Religious Offence and its Threat to Democracy examines how both the giving and taking of religious offence is being used as a political strategy around the world. In addition to international cases, the book includes case studies from the world's three largest democracies: the Hindu right in India, the Christian right in the United States, and the Muslim right in Indonesia. On my recent field trip to the US, I looked at the opposition to construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Alabama's constitutional amendment to prevent the spread of sharia law. Some of my earlier interviews are found on my Hate Spin website.
In August 2014, I started as an associate professor at Hong Kong Baptist University School of Communication. About my move from Singapore: read here.
elections IN SINGAPORE
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.
MEDIA ASIA INTERVIEW SERIES
SUSTAINing INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM
HATE SPEECH: looking the other way
MEDIA FREEDOM REPORT
I have an entry on "Hate speech law and policy" in the International Encyclopedia of Digital Communication and Society.
My 2014 article, “Journalism and the Politics of Hate: Charting Ethical Responses to Religious Intolerance”, was published in the Journal of Mass Media Ethics 29 (2). The ethical responsibilities of news media when covering hate speech and other forms of religious intolerance will also feature in my current book project.
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.