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Australian Journal of Asian Law

Abstract from Volume 10 No 2 (2008)

Inducing a Constructive Press in Singapore: Responsibility over Freedom

Tey Tsun Hang is Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore.
Research assistance provided by Colin Seow.

The Singapore political leadership has moulded a sophisticated press control regime that befits its ‘pragmatic’ political ideology based on the primacy of executive leadership and limited freedom of expression. This article – using Singapore’s constitutional and legal framework and political system as a backdrop – delves into a legal structure that has been constructed, fine-tuned and consolidated over decades of legislative amendments, to explore its essential features and strictures. It advances the view that the legal framework is reinforced by the ideological construction of a hegemonic culture and consensus politics achieved by strategic political co-optation. Litigation, used to vindicate the government’s position, also seems to have produced a reinforcing effect. This article reflects on how Singapore’s unique press control regime has turned its constrained Fourth Estate into an establishment political institution.

(2008) 10(2) Asian Law 202

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