Friday 14 Dec 2018 | 04:01 | SYDNEY
Friday 14 Dec 2018 | 04:01 | SYDNEY

Media freedom in Singapore


Sam Roggeveen


15 December 2009 09:42

In late October, the Singaporean Government told British freelance journalist Ben Bland that it would not renew his visa, and that he had a month to leave the city-state. Censorship is common in Singapore but, according to Ben, no foreign journalist has been forced out of the country since 1988. Yet Ben still doesn't know exactly why he was told to leave.

I learned of Ben's circumstances via his excellent blog, The Asia File. He's now working from Jakarta, and I spoke with him there about his case, and about Singapore more generally.