is a rich country with a surprisingly poor press freedom record—so says a
story out this week in the Columbia Journalism
Review. CPJ’s own findings
point to a series of court fines
awarded over slights to the country’s government by major international papers
like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.The ruling Lee family protects its
image fiercely, and through the court system. Justin D. Martin writes in CJR, “What Singapore’s overseers don’t
seem to grasp is that without a press free to monitor power and challenge
wrongdoing, even otherwise ‘developed’ countries suffer greatly.” Read the rest
of his story here.
Lauren Wolfe is the director of Women Under Siege, a project on sexualized violence and conflict at the Women's Media Center. While CPJ's senior editor, she wrote the CPJ report, "The Silencing Crime: Sexual Violence and Journalists." Previously, she was a researcher on two New York Times books on the 9/11 attacks.
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