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$INGAPORE RANKS 144 OUT OF 166 IN GLOBAL PRESS FREEDOM SURVEY
At the bottom of the class again for press freedom in Asean is $ingapore at 144. Only Burma, Laos and Vietnam in the Southeast Asian grouping fared worst in the second world press freedom index.
The survey was released by international press watchdog Reporters Without Borders, or Reporters sans frontières (RSF) on Oct 20, 2003. This year, 166 countries were ranked, an increase of 27 countries from the first survey.
Despite the presence of "Asian values", Asia fared worst with eight countries in the bottom 10: North Korea (which ranks last at 166), Burma (164), Laos (163), China (161), Iran (160), Vietnam (159), Turkmenistan (158) and Bhutan (157).
RSF compiled the ranking by asking journalists, researchers, jurists and human rights activists to fill out a questionnaire evaluating respect for press freedom in a particular country. A number of countries were left out because of a lack of reliable, well-supported data.
In Southeast Asia, Cambodia (81), Thailand (82), Malaysia (104), Indonesia (110) and the Philippines (118) ranked higher than $ingapore (144).
The survey revealed that a country's respect for press freedom is not directly linked to its economic development as the top 50 ranked nations included countries that are among the poorest in the world, such as Benin (29), Timor-Leste (30) and Madagascar (46), and the bottom 50 with rich nations such as Bahrain (117) and $ingapore (144).
$ingapore practices nation-building
"journalism" and is a strong advocate of Asian values.
IF THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE...
The nation-builder press, Oct 11 2003 (Page A14)
...WHY DON'T WE KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS?
The nation-builder press, Oct 11 2003 (Page A13)
Flip the ad over and right on top of the page (A13) is the above report. Who is the mysterious Kevin Tia mentioned in the report and why is he after PM Goh? Will the truth remain out there? Is it so difficult for a company with $379 million in profits to track down this story?
THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE... AND NOT IN THIS REPORT
The nation-builder press, Oct 11 2003.
Why is there no mention about those 111 SPH staff who were retrenched June 30, 2003? The above report makes NO MENTION at all about SPH's retrenchments. Were the retrenchments necessary? SPH said the retrenchments would cost the company $7.2 million in severance payments, but the move would then save $5.7 million a year. Yet SPH made an obscene profit of $379 million. Lim Boon Heng, where are you?