Singapore’s state media Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) awards it’s subsidiary The Straits Times (ST) 12 journalism awards including best journalist, best story, best picture and best video. 4 the 12 winning awards feature the deceased dictator Lee Kuan Yew:
1) Best Feature of the Year
ST Opinion Editor Chua Mui Hoong wrote an article praising Lee Kuan Yew on how he inspired and shaped her life.
2) Best Cross Media of the Year
The story is on the funeral procession of Lee Kuan Yew.
3) Best Digital Package of the Year
Featuring Lee Kuan Yew’s biography.
4) News Picture of the Year
Image of long queue for Lee Kuan Yew’s funeral.
In Dec 2015, Lee Kuan Yew was also posthumously awarded “Asian of the Year” by The Straits Times. His son, the current Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong created a Founder’s memorial to honour his father.
Singapore’s state media SPH is ranked 153rd in the world for press accuracy and independence, although it was ranked as the most reliable media according to the government-controlled university, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS). The ruling party PAP enforces strict censorship and media control by charging alternative media with Sedition Charges and defamation charges, and shutting websites with the country’s Media Development Authority.
Recently, Law Minister K Shanmugam warned Singaporeans that some of their online comments on current affairs may be in contempt of court under the country’s Sub Judice law. This resulted in many Singaporeans deleting their views online out of fear that the government may commence prosecution.