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Democracy, Media and Law in Malaysia and Singapore

A Space for Speech, 1st Edition

Edited by Andrew T. Kenyon, Tim Marjoribanks, Amanda Whiting


210 pages

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Commentators on the media in Southeast Asia either emphasise with optimism the prospect for new media to provide possibilities for greater democratic discourse, or else, less optimistically, focus on the continuing ability of governments to exercise tight and sophisticated control of the media. This book explores these issues with reference to Malaysia and Singapore. It analyses how journalists monitor governments and cover elections, discussing what difference journalism makes; it examines citizen journalism, and the constraints on it, often self-imposed constraints; and it assesses how governments control the media, including outlining the development and current application of legal restrictions.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Making Spaces for Speech Amanda Whiting, Andrew Kenyon, Tim Marjoribanks, with Naomita Royan 1. Media Governmentality in Singapore Terence Lee 2. Why Singapore Journalists don’t Press for Legal Reform Cherian George 3. Malaysiakini’s Citizen Journalists: Navigating Local and National Identities Online Janet Steele 4. Seeking Democracy in Malaysia: New Media, Traditional Media and the State Mustafa K. Anuar 5. Defaming Politicians, Scandalising the Courts: A Look at Recent Developments in Singapore Kevin Y.L .Tan 6. Media Professionals’ Perceptions of Defamation and other Constraints upon News Reporting in Malaysia and Singapore Amanda Whiting and Timothy Marjoribanks 7. Moulding a ‘Rational’ Electoral Contest Regime Singapore-Style Tey Tsun Hang 8. New Media and General Elections: Online Citizen Journalism in Malaysia and Singapore James Gomez and Chang Han Leong

About the Editors

Andrew T. Kenyon is Professor of Law at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Tim Majoribanks is Professor in the La Trobe Business School at La Trobe University, Australia.

Amanda Whiting is Associate Director of the Asian Law Centre at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

About the Series

Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars in the West and the East, on all aspects of media, culture and social change in Asia. New proposals are welcome, and should be sent in the first instance to the series editor, Stephanie Donald, at

Editorial Board:

Gregory N. Evon, University of New South Wales
Devleena Ghosh, University of Technology, Sydney
Michael Keane, Curtin University
Tania Lewis, RMIT University, Melbourne
Vera Mackie, University of Wollongong
Kama Maclean, University of New South Wales

Laikwan Pang, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Gary Rawnsley, Aberystwyth University
Ming-yeh Rawnsley, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Jo Tacchi, Loughborough University
Adrian Vickers, University of Sydney
Jing Wang, MIT
Ying Zhu, Hong Kong Baptist University



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General