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11/14/2005

press freedom and simpleminded singaporeans

in today's straits time forum there were a few exchanges of letters on the issue of press freedom. one singaporean was so happy with our state of affair and would not mind having no press freedom. he simply accepted choktong's statement that press freedom did not necessarily equate to good government. another forumer rebutted him rightly that a free press does not necessarily lead to bad govt. likewise, a controlled press can be badly abused by a bad govt. the equation is not simply no press freedom equals good govt and press freedom equals bad govt. when there is bad govt and a controlled press, the badness can be very oppressive. the points should be responsible press and responsible govt. don't go for half baked options and be happy with it. some singaporeans are really dull and easily contented.

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