Aligning Media Policy with Executive Dominance
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This chapter describes Singapore’s media system, with an emphasis on features that help account for its resilience. It argues that the path blazed by Lee Kuan Yew found a third way, in between liberal democratic media freedoms and the classic authoritarian model characterised by nationalisation of mass media, routine blocking and filtering of online political speech and routinised human rights abuses against writers and artists. Singapore’s policies have instead centred on co-optation of media and artistic elites and calibrated coercion of dissenters. The overriding goal has been to preserve the system of executive dominance.
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