The Elephant in the Room


The Elephant in the Room

With Singapore Press Holdings having a near-complete monopoly over the print media and with the Media Development Authority reviewing material to be consumed by the public, Singapore has been accused of being a soft autocracy with regards to media. Many internet-savvy citizens have taken to the domain of the Internet to air their views and provide alternative news for the public.

Is the government being so invested in the media the best-fit solution? Or should the media be more liberalized to allow for differing viewpoints and opinions?

Monday, 15 October 2012, 7.30pm
Common Lounge, Level 1
Tembusu College
No registration required


Nafis Ahmed

Panel of speakers:

Mr. Alex Au (Blogger - Yawning Bread)

Assoc. Professor Elizabeth V. Cardoza (Department of Communications and New Media, NUS)

Tan Pei En (Student)

Shubhendra (Student)

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.