Newspapers in Singapore
Newspaper distribution in Singapore is quite large (298 newspaper excl. Per
1,000 inv., 2000). There are eight newspapers, three of which are in English,
three in Chinese and the others in Malay and Tamil, with a combined circulation
of about 1.1 million copies. (1996). Seven of the newspapers are owned by
Singapore Press Holdings. The biggest are The Straits Times (about 390,000
copies) and the Chinese-speaking Lianhe Zaobao (about 200,000 copies). Freedom
of the press is limited; newspapers can be withdrawn and journalists punished
without formal trial if national order is jeopardized.
The state-run broadcasting company was privatized in 1994 and replaced by
Singapore International Media (SIM), which runs two broadcasters with ten
channels and two broadcasters with five channels. Singapore also has some
additional private radio stations. There is also a private, US-controlled cable
TV company (founded in 1998) that broadcasts Asian business news. There are 672
radio and 304 TV receivers per 1,000 residents (2000).
Cultural life in Singapore is a blend of
Chinese, Indian, Malay and Western traditions. Music,
theater, art and dance are practiced by a number of
cultural groups and professional groups.
A lively film industry has also emerged in recent
decades. Since 1987, an annual international film
festival has been organized and in the late 1990s, the
state decided to prioritize film through scholarships
and grants to young filmmakers.
Latest population statistics of Singapore, including religious profiles and major languages spoken as well as population growth rates in next three decades.
The government exercises some censorship and does not
tolerate cultural statements with politically,
religiously or ethnically sensitive content. Nudity and
other things considered "obscene" are also not accepted.
British author Alan Shadrake was sentenced in 2010 to
six weeks in prison and fined for insulting the
Singaporean judiciary when in his book "Once a Jolly
Hangman - Singapore Justice in the Dock" he criticized
the country's way of using the death penalty. Shadrake
claims in the book that the death penalty is not applied
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