Reporters Without Borders, 6 July 2006
Daily newspaper Today sacks blogger “mr brown” after government criticism
Blogger Lee Kin Mun, alias mr brown, has had his weekly column axed in the daily Today, after a member of the government criticised the blogger in the newspaper.
“This incident confirms in every way the fears we have about the government stranglehold on the media,” the press freedom organisation said. “The outspokenness of mr brown will be sadly missed in the Singaporean press”.
The newspaper, part of the state-owned Mediacorp Press group, had given the blogger a column to try to attract a younger readership. Despite the 6 July 2006 decision to oust him from the paper, Lee Kin Mun continues to run his blog www.mrbrown.com, one of the most popular in the country.
"Our people should feel free to express diverse views, pursue unconventional ideas or simply be different ... Ours must be an open and inclusive society." - PM Lee Hsien Loong, speech on 12 Aug 2004.
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