Democracy, Media and Law in Malaysia and Singapore
Edited by Andrew T. Kenyon, Tim Marjoribanks, Amanda Whiting
To Be Published November 30th 2013 by Routledge – 288 pages
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.
1. Introduction Andrew Kenyon, Tim Marjoribanks, Naomita Royan and Amanda Whiting 2. New Media and General Elections: Citizen Journalism in Singapore and Malaysia James Gomez and Han Leong Chang 3. Malaysiakini’s Citizen Journalists: Navigating Local and National Identities Online Janet Steele 4. Investigating Chilling Effects: News Media and Public Speech in Malaysia, Singapore and Australia Andrew Kenyon 5. Recognising Risk: Media professionals’ perceptions of defamation and other constraints in Malaysia and Singapore Amanda Whiting and Tim Marjoribanks 6. Media Governmentality in Singapore: Uncovering the Past, Understanding the Present and Seeing into the Future Terence Lee 7. The Politics of a Free and Uncensored Internet in Malaysia Ang Hean Leng 8. Defaming Politicians, Scandalizing the Courts: A Look at Recent Developments in Singapore Kevin Tan 9. Managing the Media & Inducing a "Rational" Electoral Contest in Singapore Tey Tsun Hang 10. Why Singapore journalists don’t press for legal reform Cherian George 11. Seeking Democracy in Malaysia: New Media, Traditional Media and the State Mustafa K Anuar 12. Tensions Between Freedom of Speech and National Security in Malaysia Mohamad Azizuddin Mohamad Sani 13. Malaysia’s Sedition Act – A Political Analysis Wong Chin Huat 14. Ethno-religious Identities as Elements of Control – The State, the Media and Imagery in Contemporary Malaysia Zaharom Nain
Andrew T Kenyon is professor of Law at the University of Melbourne
Tim Majoribanks is Professor in the Graduate School of Management at La Trobe University
Amanda Whiting is Associate Director of the Asian Law Centre at the University of Melbourne