ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL WRITES — All the major Asian newspapers, from Bangkok to Tokyo, had nothing for praise — and a great deal of coverage – for America’s blues diva Aretha Franklin on the occasion of her death at 76. Above is a front page of the ordinarily straight-laced Straits…Full Article ASIA AND ARETHA: THE LATE QUEEN IS EVERYWHERE HAILED!
YVONNE EPPS WRITES— Since the beginning of Fall, I’ve been bemoaning the lack of press freedom in Vietnam, beating this dead horse and watching talented journalists battle the nooses around their necks. However, this sad story is taking a turn. It’s about time someone with a powerful voice said something about this…Full Article VIETNAM: Popping the Silence Bubble
ASAD LATIF, WRITING FOR THE STRAITS TIMES, SINGAPORE – The veteran American journalist Tom Plate’s writings on Asia have contributed significantly to raising the region’s profile in his home country. His books on Asian leaders such as Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Dr Mahathir Mohamad sought to explain the reasons…Full Article NEW CHINA BOOK: The Straits Times Review
WRITES TOM PLATE (in his symdicated newspaper column) – Have I been wrong? Some critics suggest my newspaper columns since 1995 on the politics and economics of the Mainland have been (oh … ) overly sympathetic toward China. I just don’t know. But no one can afford to be…Full Article BOOK REVIEW: Party Crasher
STEPHANIE GARCIA WRITES – The online vigilante group Anonymous is at it again, with media giant Straits Times as its newest victim. After threatening to wage cyber warfare with the Singapore government in a YouTube video on October 30, the international hacking organization executed attacks, not on the government, but…Full Article SINGAPORE: Anonymous Hacktivists Strike
STEPHANIE GARCIA WRITES – As Singapore’s president, Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, made his first diplomatic visit to neighboring Malaysia, Singapore news outlets stressed the importance of a strengthened relationship, while Malaysia sang a better-off-without-you tune in its own media. The Straits Times and Singapore-based Channel News Asia stressed the value…Full Article SINGAPORE: Malaysia Only Wants to be Friends in Secret
STEPHANIE GARCIA WRITES – What could be more scandalous than a pop star, a church, and alleged embezzlement between the two? A “second coming” of “The Messiah” threatening to reveal all the dirty details of the so-called “hidden agenda.” On Monday, September 2, pop star Ho Yeow Sunʼs ofﬁcial website…Full Article SINGAPORE: Evangelizing Comes at a High Cost
Foremer UN Ambassador Koh is ambassador at large in the Ministry of Forign Affairs in Singapore and a widely admired savant about life. He writes in the Straits Times, the leading newspaper of that country: “The results of the recent Gallup poll, as well as other surveys, seem to indicate…Full Article SINGAPORE: Ten Simple Rules for Being a Happy Person — Courtesy of Tommy Koh in The Straits Times
The following op-ed column was first published in The Straits Times of Singapore. BY TOM PLATE — Is there more than one rational and reasonable way to construct a news-media system that maximises overall benefit for citizens (if not just for the journalists)? One provocative answer – courtesy of we-do-it-our-way…Full Article SINGAPORE: A Third Way for Media-Govt. Relations?