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Acknowledgments Many of the arguments and concepts in this book were developed from ideas piloted at various workshops, conferences and other collaborative projects. I thank the fellow scholars whose invitations provided such opportunities. My interest in Asian journalism’s radical past was seeded by my involvement in an inter-disciplinary project on Singapore’s post-war history led by Michael Barr and Carl Trocki, which led to their edited volume, Paths Not Taken (NUS Press, 2008). My concept of networked hegemony was rehearsed in a research project spearheaded by Mely Anthony, which led to the edited book, Political Change, Democratic Transitions and Security in Southeast Asia (Routledge, 2009). Nissim Otmazgin’s and Eyal Ben-Ari’s conference at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem got me thinking about comparing journalism with popular culture. Ideas from my chapter in their book, Popular Culture and the State in East and Southeast Asia (Routledge, 2012), have been further developed in the following pages. The late Kevin Boyle helped me cross disciplinary boundaries and dip my toes in international law on freedom of expression, in the course of our collaborations in Asia-Europe Foundation programmes. My understanding of comparative media law was enriched by my participation in conferences organised by Andrew Kenyon and Amanda Whiting at the Melbourne Law School. A symposium organised by Theodore Glasser and Isabel Awad at Stanford University provided a chance to test ideas about normative diversity within the profession. My colleague Hao Xiaoming led the way for our survey of Singapore journalists, results from which are included in this book. The study was initiated by David Weaver and Lars Willnat as part of their book project on The Global Journalist (Routledge, 2012). Arun Mahizhnan and Tan Tarn How at Singapore’s Institute of Policy Studies convened several forums for us to grapple with the fast-changing new media landscape, contributing to my thoughts on the subject. ix FM-Freedom from the Press ix FM-Freedom from the Press ix 4/2/12 2:56:19 PM 4/2/12 2:56:19 PM This book was written in the course of my work at Nanyang Technological University’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, which I must thank for keeping its promise to provide faculty with time for research and writing. Various university research grants and schemes supported my research assistants Mykel Yee, Lin Junjie, Low Wei Xiang — and Justin Zhuang, whose diligence was particularly valuable. Eleanor Wong, Michael Hor, Douglas Wong and Reginald Chua were kind enough to read my first draft and offer comments and suggestions. Tay Kay Chin advised on the cover design and more than 30 Facebook friends chipped in with their views. Prudencio “Dengcoy” Miel lent his creative genius to the cover art. Most of the work on this book was carried out during a professionally challenging period. For a student of soft-authoritarian domination , the first-hand experience has been both ironic and illuminating, providing a worm’s eye view of dynamics that the following pages analyse at higher levels of abstraction. That I could respond philosophically to the situation is thanks in part to the loyalty of several friends. Above all, I thank Zuraidah, whose smile lightens every load and whose strength didn’t fail when I needed it. x Acknowledgments FM-Freedom from the Press x FM-Freedom from the Press x 4/2/12 2:56:19 PM 4/2/12 2:56:19 PM ...