Hong Kong sunset, September 2020.


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.

Recently published

Co-authored with Donald Low, PAP v PAP: The Party’s struggle to adapt to a changing Singapore was released in October 2020.

My book, Air-Conditioned Nation Revisited: Essays on Singapore Politics, was published by Ethos Books in February 2020. Download a chapter: “The Dogma Behind Pofma“.

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.

In press

By Doaa el-Adl, Egypt.

Red Lines: Political Cartoons and the Struggle against Censorship 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 is rendered 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.


Singapore’s General Election invites leaders and citizens to step forward to support a more participatory and deliberative democracy. Read my commentary co-authored with Donald Low.

Leadership succession: Heng Swee Keat’s anointment as the chosen one has been viewed with sceptism — a problem I pondered in this book chapter written before the elections.

Unsavoury tactics in GE2020 is likely to leave the country divided, regardless of the election results. Read my commentary co-authored with Donald Low.

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.

Nationalist populism has emerged in Singapore, cultivated by a ruling party that once prided itself on elite-led technocratic government. Read my pre-election commentary on the post-Covid world.

My other sites

On hate propaganda in the world, titled after my book.
A site I manage with fellow Singaporean academics.
My blog on Singapore, titled after my book.
My blog on Singapore media, titled after my book.

On Twitter