DPM Heng says that mainstream media should be ‘trusted and reliable’ news while survey respondents disagree

Together with Ministers S. Iswaran and Zaqy Mohamad, DPM Heng Swee Keat visited the SPH news centre on Monday (11 Nov) to obtain a first-hand look at how media outlets in the group operate.

Speaking on a Facebook post, the PM-designate said that “the role of mainstream media remains the same – to be a trusted and reliable news source for audiences”. He added that this was particularly important as “fake news is proliferating globally and has been often used as a tool to divide rather than unite people”

He concluded in his post: “I hope that SPH will constantly innovate to remain competitive and relevant, while staying grounded to what their core values are – embracing change and upholding integrity.”

ST US bureau chief in 2009: Editors have been groomed as pro-government supporters and government exerts pressure to ensure that articles follow government’s line

In 2009, a wikileaks cable revealed an admission by Chua Chin Hon – who served as the US bureau chief for Straits Times – that the paper’s “editors have all been groomed as pro-government supporters and are careful to ensure that reporting of local events adheres closely to the official line”.

Chua also added that “the government exerts significant pressure on ST editors to ensure that published articles follow the government’s line”.

According to a Wikipedia entry entitled “Media of Singapore“, a telephone poll of 1092 respondents found that 56% agreed that “there is too much government control of newspapers and television” while 48% felt that “newspapers and television are biased when they report on Singapore politics, political parties and elections”

Meanwhile, Singapore ranked 151th place in the latest World Press Freedom Index. This places it behind countries such as South Sudan (139th place) and Afghanistan (121th Place).

What do you think?

 

 

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43 Responses to “DPM Heng says that mainstream media should be ‘trusted and reliable’ news while survey respondents disagree”

  • Sinkie:

    Yup, mainstream media should be trusted to uphold the PAP elites’ propaganda . . .

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  • opposition dude:

    Since SPH’s circulation and advertising revenue is constantly dropping every single time they report on their financials it means that not enough people bother to buy and read their news.

    So much for a reliable and trusted news source huh!!

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  • mike:

    So funny one…
    How to thrust main stream media when there is no freedom of press?

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  • Bapak:

    Carry boss very reliable, no doubt about it.

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  • mainstream = pap states times:

    can anyone with a brain really believe pap states times shall tell the truth about pap?

    can it do so even if it has the integrity to do so?

    No. it cannot. pap ensures compliance with pap fake news rules by having its retired minister or paper general in the top positions.

    Underlings, either agree with pap and get to eat or disagree with pap and get fired. as long as mainstream is political, cannot trust.

    it is stating the obvious. yet everyday we see some sheep pay good money to read pap propaganda. truly sheep.

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  • After regime change:

    I agree with DPM HSK that MSM should be trusted. BUT it will only happen AFTER REGIME CHANGE when Singapore becomes a REAL democracy.

    That is why I am voting for REGIME CHANGE and telling my family members and friends to do the same.

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  • oxygen:

    ANY POLITICAL INTEREST FEARFUL OF CONTRADICTION from without MUST, BY DEFINITION, FULL OF WINDY HAPPY CONTRADICTIONS fearful of public exposure and ridicule.

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  • TruBlu:

    I sincerely hope that HSK upholds INTEGRITY as he says so many times.
    What is truly lacking here is INTEGRITY.
    Much integrity has been compromised by prejudicial treatment against the common sgs in favour of gra$$LOOTers with strong connections to MPs and mimistets in many instances by civil servants,can any leaders who claim to uphold integrity n honesty deny?

    Integrity goes hand in hand with TRANSPARENCY and Accountability.

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  • News Smart:

    Has it reach a point where people no longer trust what they read in the “constructive” media because they think it is politically lop-sided with a PAP bias? Be a SMART Nation by getting your news online; save the trees and
    the planet! Save some money too!

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  • Lam Pah Mini:

    Yes, main stream media SHOULD be trusted.
    But Trust is not what yew say but what Yew do.

    So, we can likewise say, main stream media need not be trusted given a biased main stream media.

    Intellectually dishonest media.

    God teach you to be honest.

    Are yew honest ?

    If not honest, what is the depth of dishonesty yew can go?

    Hell is the limit?

    Of course it’s not tamperable?

    Yours
    LamPah Mini
    Aka Small LP

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  • Bapak:

    My puppy is also very reliable. I tell him to bark at FS, he goes great length to bad-mouth (opps bark at) him. I trust my puppy very much.

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  • justanothercitizen:

    I don’t even trust the person and organisation who make the statement! So those statement are not trustworthy.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    MSM the Shitty Time…with their bunch of Fiddlers will sing and dance to the tune of they who Pay & Pay…the Audacity to use the word TRUST when Lies are their Hallmark to Fame & Fortune at the expense of silly sheep

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  • NotMyProblem:

    I observed, few years back, people still pick up the free newspapers placed on the floor of MRT stations. But now, not many wanted the papers, even they were handed out by a person. WHY?

    Also no one was reading those newspapers at clinics or any place while waiting for they turn. I see they preferred reading some magazines or IKEA’s catalogue.

    What happens to the newspapers now? Are they totally worthless? Nobody wants to use it to line the bird cage? Use it to protect the floor when doing painting?

    If that’s the case, please save the trees!!

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  • Sinkie:

    Tonight, mainstream media so far (10.05 pm now) no mention on Singtel loss – the telco reported a net loss of S$668 million in the quarter ended Sept 2019, after getting hit by a whopping S$1.93 billion loss from its India investment Airtel.

    India CECA allow Singaporean companies to invest in India in exchange for its nationals to freely work in Singapore – doesn’t look very bright leh !

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  • Respect is earned not demanded:

    Singkees, please be reminded that Respect has to be Earned and not Demanded from the voters.

    Trust has to be warned and not demanded.
    As Chee educated the pappies, Trust is not what you SAY, it’s what you DO.

    EROSION OF GOOD GOVERNANCE.
    PAP DOES NOT HAVE A LKY .

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  • Harder Truths:

    Mr Magoo also said he has 20/20 eyesight. Will you let him drive you anywhere?

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  • My Smart Doggie:

    @NotMyProblem:

    My doggie also don’t like to poop on the free newspapers. So I try putting those with photos of HSK, CCS and Clown. Wapiang! He eagerly pooped and urine right on these faces. Hilarious!

    NotMyProblem:
    I observed, few years back, people still pick up the free newspapers placed on the floor of MRT stations. But now, not many wanted the papers, even they were handed out by a person. WHY?

    Also no one was reading those newspapers at clinics or any place while waiting for they turn. I see they preferred reading some magazines or IKEA’s catalogue.

    What happens to the newspapers now? Are they totally worthless? Nobody wants to use it to line the bird cage? Use it to protect the floor when doing painting?

    If that’s the case, please save the trees!!

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  • mike:

    I disagree with you!

    Regime change may be first step but not really can ‘guarantee’ independent media.

    Any new regime will have the same power, if not more power to control the media to its liking.

    Unless there is a constitutional change which gives guarantee to press freedom and complete liberalisation of media.

    It is just like changing the screwed party away will not simply put the problems behind. It is just the first step. A new gov and a new leader MUST have the wisdom and determination to upgrade our broken constitution to guarantee a full democracy nation for our generations to come. We may even need a few referendum to fix this broken constitution.

    So much so that if the initial party should repent in future, they still have the legitimate rights of the people and media to put them back again.

    This is not about ideology, it is something we can offer our generations to come and basic survival for the existence of this tiny nation.

    We are at a crossroad. Either we become more liberalised democracy or more autocracy. Political parties can be changed tomorrow, great leaders will die and rot away, what gives us the power to choose and decide our fate?

    Please pass this message to a great leader who you think can help save Singapore.

    After regime change:
    I agree with DPM HSK that MSM should be trusted. BUT it will only happen AFTER REGIME CHANGE when Singapore becomes a REAL democracy.

    That is why I am voting for REGIME CHANGE and telling my family members and friends to do the same.

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  • lying pap S$m thieving liars:

    NotMyProblem:
    I observed, few years back, people still pick up the free newspapers placed on the floor of MRT stations. But now, not many wanted the papers, even they were handed out by a person. WHY?

    Also no one was reading those newspapers at clinics or any place while waiting for they turn. I see they preferred reading some magazines or IKEA’s catalogue.

    What happens to the newspapers now? Are they totally worthless? Nobody wants to use it to line the bird cage? Use it to protect the floor when doing painting?

    If that’s the case, please save the trees!!

    so true. just 2 days ago we were in a place waiting for our turn. the pap states times still unread even though it was already past 2pm in the afternoon.

    this said, it is a good sign that more folks are not poisoned by pap BS via its mouthpiece states times. a very good turn of event in the end.

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  • no qualm of coming up:

    //Regime change may be first step but not really can ‘guarantee’ independent media.

    Any new regime will have the same power, if not more power to control the media to its liking.//

    right. but doing the same thing with the current ‘regime’ which is not going to change will not change anything also ? new one, got hope but no guarantee ?

    daft sinkies are too ‘indoctrinated’ fearing to change the “white idiotic regime” which has no qualm of coming up with new policies (changing ?) that we have to abide to ? daft sinkies need to seriously break out from this fear ?

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  • ? between fake & vetted:

    All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values… Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men communicate than by the actual content of the communication.

    - Marshall Mcluhan

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  • Brother In Arms:

    Pig’s mouthpiece and media ranking already outperformed it’s big prominent student and ccp brother up North, which ranked at 176 out of 180.

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  • Only One Shot:

    Why be like someone else when you’re not a born fixer?

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  • Well-Educated Bloody Fools:

    No problem being brainwashed and buying the mouthpiece news cos there is an oversupply of too many well educated bloody fools in SG !

    1. Well-educated accounting and finance grads bloody FOOLS :

    Singaporeans who study accounting and finance did not really understood DEPRECIATION which they were able to morose the definition perfectly. They NEVER QUESTIONED the propaganda that “your HDB flat will never drop price”.
    These bloody mf fools believed the shit so much they made 30year loans. Now , hearing from the horse mouth then they realise HDB LEASEHOLD WILL BECOME ZERO.

    THIS proves they passed without real understanding. Simply by brute regurgitation. Singapore accounting and finance education is super lousy. 3rd world!

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  • Not the Full Picture:

    When many members of the public post in forums like this, anecdotal experiences can suddenly morph into a tide of accusations that an endless number of Indians came into Singapore for work under the CECA Scheme.

    It is certainly very true that the Indian Govt has been eager to use CECA as a tool to get other countries to offer good job opportunities to Indians. But to talk as if anecdotal experience is fact, and spend so much time persuading others that this is so, and worst of all getting worked up with others do not accept this position is just not right. And this is why forums like this work people to a frenzy on certain issues, and riles them even more when anecdotal experience cannot be substantiated.

    This will make many on this forum unhappy, after a long decline in MSM over a decade or more, it is a fact there is a global trend away from bottom up news feeds and forums from about 1.5 years back. This is mainly because there is so much garbage in the internet, it simply isn’t worth reading or responding to anymore.

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  • Not the Full Picture:

    Other than politicians and though leaders who make a career of shaping public opinion, why would any reasonable person spend time listening to innuendos and coffee shop talk that are clearly not true?

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  • MarBowling:

    Think on the LOONG and winding road to the SPH News centre, Smiling Tiger Heng Sweet Cake must have quietly borrowed the Hatchet and Knuckle-Duster from the Lee Kayu FamiLEE to bring and show them to the top guns there. Macham like signaling to them to TOE THE LINE! Period.

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  • N.Jungne:

    Pigs can fly

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  • pap dies soon, confirmed:

    Not the Full Picture:
    When many members of the public post in forums like this, anecdotal experiences can suddenly morph into a tide of accusations that an endless number of Indians came into Singapore for work under the CECA Scheme.

    It is certainly very true that the Indian Govt has been eager to use CECA as a tool to get other countries to offer good job opportunities to Indians. But to talk as if anecdotal experience is fact, and spend so much time persuading others that this is so, and worst of all getting worked up with others do not accept this position is just not right. And this is why forums like this work people to a frenzy on certain issues, and riles them even more when anecdotal experience cannot be substantiated.

    This will make many on this forum unhappy, after a long decline in MSM over a decade or more, it is a fact there is a global trend away from bottom up news feeds and forums from about 1.5 years back. This is mainly because there is so much garbage in the internet, it simply isn’t worth reading or responding to anymore.

    have you heard pap bugs bunny chan chung sing speak?

    in one BS sentence, he can say ceca ah nehs create jobs for citizens.

    when asked, how many ceca ah nehs admitted in Singapore creating how many jobs for citizens, silence. talk only. no number. how can like that?

    when iswaran said casinos create jobs for citizens, after so many years, and asking so many times the 2 x casinos has employed how many people today and how many of these employed are citizens, like bugs bunny, pure silence.

    silence. SILENCE. because pap talk only. so if one or two out of 30% OPPO supporters choose to talk like pap, is this wrong? surely NOT.

    sauce for geese is sauce for gander. the same measure must be equally applied. cannot only pap liars anyhow show their mouths and then when one or two OPPO supporters do the same, cry papa cry mama like pap clown.

    cannot lah.

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  • TruBlu:

    Yep,Ah Heng is right!
    MSM shud be THRUSTED!

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  • Goebbels Times:

    Papigs like all dictatorships have always wanted sinkies to only read Goebbels Times; idiotic 70% have been obliging for 50 years. They have been brainwashed, choosing not to avail themselves of alternative views and learning to think for themselves. Goebbelised Sinkies!

    Sinkie:
    Yup, mainstream media should be trusted to uphold the PAP elites’ propaganda . . .

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  • Alvin Lam:

    Singaporeans don’t bothers to read SPH news.

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  • Always The Opposite:

    From old bird, when PAP says something, the truth is always the opposite,
    else they wouldn’t even bother to spread the lies.

    Knowing this mantra is the key to success to doing well.

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  • MUCH BIGGER POLICY GARBAGE:

    //This will make many on this forum unhappy, after a long decline in MSM over a decade or more, it is a fact there is a global trend away from bottom up news feeds and forums from about 1.5 years back. This is mainly because there is so much garbage in the internet, it simply isn’t worth reading or responding to anymore.//

    or would you rather one sided 151th white idiotic media standard in the pre-1.5 year back or earlier ?

    aiyoh. so much garbage in the internet ? likewise so much golden nuggets in the internet also lar ? take the nuggets and dispose the garbage lar ? if only 151th media standard, a lot of views / opinions will not get exposed lar ?

    one needs to be more concerned about 4 = 5 and selected = elected, a MUCH MUCH BIGGER POLICY GARBAGE that are thrown at daft sinkies ?

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  • Truth:

    Notice he use “should be” trusted..he didnt say “must be” cos he knows ultimately they cant be trusted..

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  • left to australia:

    many in my generation:baby boomers trusted the MM decades ago too much about how Leeapore is better than other asean countries and how it is a utopia . THey even chastised me for migration to australia in the 1990s. 20 years later, guess what happened. the joke’s on them now. when the table;s turned they cry wolf. Their beloved party is not going to take care of them when they opened the floodgates to FT and giving them citizenships . why do they need these local brainwashed sheep for? there is no use for them any more as they served finished their slavery contract already.

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  • Hawking Eye:

    “Singapore ranked 151th place in the latest World Press Freedom Index. This places it behind countries such as South Sudan (139th place) and Afghanistan (121th Place)”.

    This is a ringing indictment from the outside world. The Straits Times and the Singapore Government, even more, should be ashamed of this. Self-censorship and sanitization worked well in the past but no longer with social media and internet captivating hearts and minds. Change – otherwise you will be eventually turfed out.

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  • Cannot Be Trusted:

    I trust them because I’m poor…
    I’m poor because I trust them…

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  • Just Like CCP:

    Hawking Eye:
    “Singapore ranked 151th place in the latest World Press Freedom Index. This places it behind countries such as South Sudan (139th place) and Afghanistan (121th Place)”.

    This is a ringing indictment from the outside world. The Straits Times and the Singapore Government, even more, should be ashamed of this. Self-censorship and sanitization worked well in the past but no longer with social media and internet captivating hearts and minds. Change – otherwise you will be eventually turfed out.

    These are fake news, erroneous rankings.
    The measurements are not objective.
    These are foreign influences.
    Censorship keeps this place safe.
    Others are jealous of our progress.

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  • The Full Picture:

    Not the Full Picture:
    Other than politicians and though leaders who make a career of shaping public opinion, why would any reasonable person spend time listening to innuendos and coffee shop talk that are clearly not true?

    No smoke without fire.

    Such comment and blindsided denial makes “educated” sinkies the laughing stock of the world.

    Changing times started small, from small places, like coffeeshops.

    Only self entitled greedy elites and many hallucinating sycophants are confined to their happily ever after bubble.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Not the Full Picture

    VERY SAD OF YOUR EDUCATION AND NAIVETY, contrary to what you asserted, politicans DON’T just make a career of shaping public opinion.

    Not the Full Picture: Other than politicians and though leaders who make a career of shaping public opinion, why would any reasonable person spend time listening to innuendos and coffee shop talk that are clearly not true?

    They lied wholesale and lied worst when matters got worse. Here is one confession.

    Jean-Claude Juncker: ministers need be protected from public scrutiny, by lies if necessary.

    “When it becomes serious, you have to lie

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/10874230/Jean-Claude-Juncker-profile-When-it-becomes-serious-you-have-to-lie.html

    Mr Juncker, 59, was until last December the prime minister of Luxembourg and the EU’s longest serving leader until he was forced to resign last year in a bizarre scandal involving illegal phone tapping by the Grand Duchy’s secret service.

    POLITICAL MOUTHS ARE ALIKE AN*S, whatever comes out from there is FOS.

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  • Flickshit88:

    How to trust them ??

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