DPM Teo: I am concerned about the many ‘lies’ in the New Media
Posted by temasektimes on June 10, 2012
Speaking in response to a question by a JC student during the recently held Pre-University seminar on the issue of press control in Singapore, DPM Teo said all countries, including the democratic ones have some sort of press control.
He used the example of the United States to illustrate the ‘demise’ of the mainstream media and of its media becoming an ‘echo chamber’ for people to hear only what they believe in.
“The more important question is how to have a responsible media. When I see some of the things going on in the New Media, I am quite concerned about it because there are untruths a lot of lies out there…,” he said.
DPM Teo added that what Singapore needs to have is a ‘responsible’ media to facilitate a ‘reasonable’ discussion among Singaporeans instead of ‘shouting’ at each other.
There is no independent media in Singapore. The only print media company Singapore Press Holdings is owned by the Singapore government while the only broadcasting station MediaCorp is owned by Temasek Holdings which in turn is owned by the Ministry of Finance.
The Singapore media is ranked 150th globally in terms of press freedom by U.S. NGO Freedom House this year.
*Above meme done by Daniel Tan
Watch DPM Teo speaks below: