Local media can write about gay pride events in China, not Singapore

The Straits Times and Zaobao recently carried stories about gay pride in Beijing and Shanghai, stories that only made conspicuous the local media’s lack of reporting of gay pride events in Singapore. Full essay.

9 Responses to “Local media can write about gay pride events in China, not Singapore”


  1. 1 Mouth of the Beast 22 June 2009 at 20:30

    Maybe it’s time to move on from “Indignation” to “Pride”. While indignation was an appropriate response at the time, giving a festival a name with negative connotations instead of positive ones is not moving in the right direction in my opinion. MAybe it would also facilitate local reporting.

  2. 2 Seelan Palay 22 June 2009 at 23:55

    Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts Lee Boon Yang on the role of the Straits Times:

    “Singapore’s media model was different, he said.

    ‘Our model is that of a free and responsible press whose role is to report news accurately and objectively to Singaporeans.’

    The media here also served as a platform for diverse views and to reflect the debate on national issues.

    At the same time, it has to be sensitive to national interests, such as protecting racial and religious harmony and the shared values of society.

    The model had evolved out of Singapore’s special circumstances, he said.

    It had enabled the media here to strengthen the resilience of Singaporeans in the face of intense economic competition, terrorism threats, infectious diseases and social ills.

    ‘We will continue to encourage diversity of views and ideas from Singaporeans, while at the same time, engage our people to work together to safeguard our social norms and values,’ he said.

    ‘Our media has a tremendously important role in this national effort by rallying Singaporeans to do the things which matter most to Singapore.

    This is certainly more important than… to gain the favours of international ranking associations.'”

    As seen at http://www.yawningbread.org/arch_2004/yax-391.htm

  3. 3 A Tan 23 June 2009 at 09:03

    Have you ever tot that “subversive” elements in ST are covertly on yr side .

    The way report was written is evidence of this. And look at the AWARE coverage.

    I am no fan of WKS, but I tot his analysis of ST’s coverage was spot-on.

    So cut ST some slack.

  4. 4 wing 23 June 2009 at 10:59

    Please read the travel section in the Straits Times today. There is a write-up on the Castro in San Francisco with a gay-friendly “to do” list. It seems a little strange to read about gay venues overseas with no positive write-ups on local gay activities or venues. But at least this article is moving in the right direction. But how long do we have to wait?

    • 5 jem 23 June 2009 at 23:23

      At the bottom of that article, there’s a reminder not to bring back any gay-themed articles, because they may be considered banned material.

      It’s actually quite funny in a sad way; here the article encourages you to go visit a gay venue overseas, at the same time reminding you that gay-themed stuff are illegal here.

  5. 6 Lee Chee Wai 23 June 2009 at 11:55

    Heh, I would *love* to see how he would react if “international ranking associations” ranked our tourism industry poorly …

    “We don’t need to gain favor of international ranking associations”? Or a desperate rush to shore up our tourism industry (by building more casinos???)?

    I wished the Singapore government would learn to take criticism objectively … surely there are good reasons why rating agencies consider Singapore a good place to visit … but that our media sucks wind. So far, it has just been cherry-picking … if international organizations like us, we trumpet our achievements … if they criticize us, it is an international conspiracy to “discredit” us at worst, or “we don’t need their approval” at best.

  6. 7 xtrocious 23 June 2009 at 15:42

    I was also quite surprised to see the article written with a positive slant – someone up there must have given the okay, otherwise it would be a “no go”…

    The question is why?

    I suspect it may be to make up for the unfortunate demonization of the gays during the recent AWARE saga – I think a lot of people know that the JL-led team sought to use the gay angle to deflect the attention from their real intention and I am quite sure that the government is not fooled by this subversion tactic…

  7. 8 I 23 June 2009 at 23:35

    Cut slack on a “newspaper” that has ex-ISD intelligence agents as editors and calls a local politician (CSJ) a psychopath?

    Cut slack on a “newspaper” that promotes a government conspiracy to brand Singaporeans detained without trial and tortured as part of “Marxist Conspiracy” on the front page for a whole week?

    Cut slack on a “newspaper” that is ranked near the bottom of the World Press Freedom Index close to countries like North Korea AND then says it doesn’t care about such a ranking?

    Sure I’d cut some slack – If they’d start calling them a “newsletter” of the PAP rather than a “newspaper”.

  8. 9 George 10 July 2009 at 22:21

    The govt is beginning to look more and more ridiculous by the day, week and month with the world as a mirror. The reflection revealed an establishment that is stuck in the mud, stuck in time with it anachronistic policies and mores out of sync with the rest of the global community which is time and again utter about becoming one with!

    Our rulers are not unlike the ayatollahs of Iran!


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