I am a professor at the Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Communication, writing on media and politics. You can contact me via the form at the bottom of my bio page.
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.
“As alarming as the on-going legal actions are, citizens’ access to information and ideas is more likely to be restricted by less spectacular and coercive means, including economic carrots and sticks that encourage a culture of self-censorship. Such an environment requires new mindsets and skillsets among journalists.”My essay on “What global censorship studies tell us about Hong Kong’s media future” was published in Global Media Journal (German Edition).
“Hate propaganda has a history measurable in millennia, considerably longer than the digitally assisted misinformation that has triggered concern in recent years.”My chapter on “Hate Propaganda” appears in The Routledge Companion to Media Disinformation and Populism edited by Howard Tumber and Silvio Waisbord.
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“.
• Please visit the My Publications page on this site for more.
Red Lines: Political Cartoons and the Struggle against Censorship is in production. 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.
The power and precarity of the pencil: Taking as a point of departure the New York Times‘s extraordinary decision to stop running editorial cartoons entirely, this chapter examines the economic and professional precarity of political cartooning. It will appear in the volume Precarity in Journalism, edited by Linda Steiner and Kalyani Chadha.
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.
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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