Photo of K Shanmugam from CNA

The Singapore government will be tightening their control on it’s state media Mediacorp after two government cronies were appointed board of directors. The two new directors are former PAP MP Zainul Abidin Rasheed, and current Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs Pang Kin Keong.

The two government proxies will join existing cronies like former censorship board Media Development Authority Chairman, Nigam Cheng Meng, and Wong Su-Yen, a director of a NTUC subsidiary. This move will strengthen censorship and increase collaboration between the government and the state media for coordinating of propaganda material.

Singapore’s two newspaper companies, Mediacorp and Singapore Press Holdings, are collectively ranked 154th for credibility and accuracy. The government state media often publish fake news and half-truths to improve the dictatorship regime’s image, and smear the reputation of critics. Dr Tan Cheng Bock is the latest victim of the government’s propaganda effort, having being called a hypocrite by Law Minister K Shanmugam.

Last week, Law Minister K Shanmugam defended the state media’s poor ranking in credibility, slamming unfavourable international rankings as fake news.