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Freedom from the Press
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The city-state of Singapore has, for decades, been an international anomaly, combining an advanced and open economy with reduced civil liberties and press freedom. This book analyses the country's media system, showing how ithas been structured -- like the rest of the political framework -- to provide maximum freedom of manoeuvre for the People's Action Party (PAP) government. Going beyond critique, the author explains how the PAP's "freedom form the press" model has achieved its extraordinary resilience and stability. One key factor was the PAP's early recognition that capitalism and the profit motive could be harnessed as a way to tame journalism. Second, the PAP exercised strategic self-restraint in the use of force, progressively turning to subtler means of control that are less prone to backfire on the state. Third, unlike many authoritarian regimes, the PAP remained open to ideas and change, even as it insulated itself from political competition. These strategies, while subject to strain and failure, have helped the PAP consolidate its authoritarian form of electoral democracy. Freedom form the Press is essential reading for those who are interested in Singapore's media and political system. Singapore's unique place on the world map of press freedom and democracy makes the book an important contribution to the comparative study of journalism and politics.

Table of Contents

  1. Half title, full title, copyright, dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Singapore Politics and Media: A Primer
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Chapter 1. Introduction: Beyond the Singapore Paradox
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Chapter 2. Journalism Tamed: The Mechanics of Media Control
  2. pp. 23-45
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  1. Chapter 3. Inside the Press: Routines, Values and "OB" Markers
  2. pp. 46-70
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  1. Chapter 4. Government Unlimited: The Ideology of State Primacy
  2. pp. 71-92
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  1. Chapter 5. Calibrated Coercion: The State Strategy of Self-Restraint
  2. pp. 93-116
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  1. Chapter 6. The Harmony Myth: Asian Media's Radical Past
  2. pp. 117-136
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  1. Chapter 7. Freedom of the Press: A Cause Without Rebels
  2. pp. 137-157
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  1. Chapter 8. Alternative Online Media: Challenging the Gatekeepers
  2. pp. 158-192
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  1. Chapter 9. Rise of the Unruly: Media Activism and Civil Disobedience
  2. pp. 183-199
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  1. Chapter 10. Networked Hegemony: Consolidating the Political System
  2. pp. 200-225
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 226-255
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 256-267
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 268-272
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