Between Control and Disruption: News Media and Cultural Flows in Singapore and Hong Kong, China
News Media in Singapore and Hong Kong, China
News media is strictly regulated in both Singapore and China. Strong state intervention has ensured that news media in both countries play more of an information and dissemination role than that of the ‘fourth estate’ which news media in American and European countries often aspire to. In Singapore, mainstream news ‘remains regulated by the ruling political party’ (Cenite et al. 2008). The Singaporean government therefore is able to exert ‘considerable influence on how traditional media reports news about local politics’ (George in Hao et al. 2014: 1225). Two major companies dominate the media scene in Singapore. Singapore Press Holdings which ‘has close links to the ruling party’ and a ‘virtual monopoly of the newspaper industry’ and ‘MediaCorp’ which operates TV and radio stations and is owned by a ‘state investment agency’ (‘Singapore Profile- Media’ in BBC News 22 January 2013).1In China, news media is subjected to the ‘control and...
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