Aligning Media Policy with Executive Dominance

Cherian GEORGE*

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Limits of Authoritarian Governance in Singapore's Developmental State
EditorsLily Zubaidah Rahim, Michael D. Barr
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789811315565
ISBN (Print)9789811315558
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2019

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  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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