I am a professor at the Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Communication, writing on media and politics. I’m from Singapore, where I lived and worked until 2014. [MORE]
My research and writing focus on:
Hate propaganda and disinformation: How intolerance and hate are used in political contention, threatening freedom and equality around the world.
Media freedom and censorship: How journalism around the world struggles to serve the public interest in the face of external and internal threats.
Singapore media and politics: The governing party’s authoritarian resilience and hegemonic control of political expression.
My book, Air-Conditioned Nation Revisited: Essays on Singapore Politics, was published by Ethos Books in February 2020.
My chapter, The Scourge of Disinformation-Assisted Hate Propaganda, appears in Fake News: Understanding Media and Misinformation in the Digital Age (MIT Press, 2020).
Media and Politics in Southeast Asia, co-authored with Gayathry Venkiteswaran, was \published by Cambridge University Press in 2019.
• Please visit the My Publications page on this site for more.
Red Lines is in its final stages. To be published by the MIT Press (English) and Urban Comics (French), this is a global study of 21st century censorship as experienced by political cartoonists around the world. It will be produced entirely in graphic form, in collaboration with comic book artist Sonny Liew. Visit our website and view our conversation with T. Sasitharan in a Substation event..
On my mind
Section 298 of Singapore’s Penal Code is a bad law that promotes offence-taking instead of tolerance; it needs to go. Read my commentary.
ON THE SINGAPORE ELECTION AND BEYOND
A call for clean online campaigning: Singapore’s online falsehoods law fails to regulate social media manipulation by the ruling party. Read this call for more transparency by a multidisciplinary team of experts.
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