Taiwanese student protest

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It's good to note that the "Singapore media" you reference is not without controversy. It's euphemistically referred to as "alternative media" in Singapore, as opposed to "mainstream media", which are basically government propaganda mouthpieces. There is no true freedom of press in Singapore, and the only twinkle of freedom comes in online news sites like the one you linked, and online discussion forums. The online news sites are often tarred as "subversive" and "anti-establishment" and the site admins are persecuted in many ways, including legally and financially.

It would be unheard of for the mainstream media outlets in Singapore to carry such a laudatory piece about the Taiwanese rebels. The government (and by extension, their media mouthpiece) are almost sycophantic to the mainland Chinese authorities. No popular political uprising so close to home (both in terms of geography, and ethnicity - Chinese are the major ethnic group of Singapore as well) would be portrayed in a positive light. This is simply because of the implications it might have for our own country - the government lives in perpetual fear of such an uprising ever taking place here.

Just a little editorial comment to put things in context (because you called it "Singapore media").
 
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It's good to note that the "Singapore media" you reference is not without controversy. It's euphemistically referred to as "alternative media" in Singapore, as opposed to "mainstream media", which are basically government propaganda mouthpieces. There is no true freedom of press in Singapore, and the only twinkle of freedom comes in online news sites like the one you linked, and online discussion forums. The online news sites are often tarred as "subversive" and "anti-establishment" and the site admins are persecuted in many ways, including legally and financially.

It would be unheard of for the mainstream media outlets in Singapore to carry such a laudatory piece about the Taiwanese rebels. The government (and by extension, their media mouthpiece) are almost sycophantic to the mainland Chinese authorities. No popular political uprising so close to home (both in terms of geography, and ethnicity - Chinese are the major ethnic group of Singapore as well) would be portrayed in a positive light. This is simply because of the implications it might have for our own country - the government lives in perpetual fear of such an uprising ever taking place here.

Just a little editorial comment to put things in context (because you called it "Singapore media").
Thanks for pointing that out. I didn't know that and was surprised by that stance. Singapore has a reputation of abusing the political status of Taiwan to screw over a lot of Taiwanese tourists. You info makes sense to me.
 
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Yeah I should've mentioned that as well. Singapore is still fairly authoritarian despite its prosperity. It's a one party state isn't it(or one party has a disproportionate amount of control).
 

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