While mainstream media in Singapore is undoubtedly well-funded and professionally staffed, it is not always independent in its reporting. The government exerts a significant amount of control over what is published and how it is presented, and this can have serious consequences for the quality and accuracy of the news.
One of the main problems with mainstream media in Singapore is its tendency to avoid controversial or critical topics. This is understandable, given the government’s tight control over the media industry. However it means that many important issues are never fully explored or exposed. For example, the government’s policies on immigration, housing, and censorship are often presented without any serious scrutiny or debate, leading to a lack of transparency and accountability.
Without independent media, the public would only receive information from a limited range of sources.
This leads to an echo chamber effect and a lack of diversity of thought. Independent media outlets are crucial for ensuring a vibrant and pluralistic media landscape. Furthermore, independent media can provide a platform for issues that might not receive adequate attention from the mainstream media. For example, The Online Citizen has reported extensively on the plight of migrant workers in Singapore, an issue that has traditionally received little attention from mainstream media outlets.
Independent media is an essential component of any healthy democracy, and Singapore is no exception. As a country that values diversity and open dialogue, we must recognize and support the role that independent media plays in shaping public discourse and ensuring accountability.