"Sometimes a hook comies along whose more publication makes ‘news, That is the case with Solf-Censorship: Singapore's Shame bby James Gomex. The title says it all.” ‘ et By mune os For = country that is economieslly advanced, ‘modern and positioned 2 2 global ity, Singapore resonates with a climate of fear. Democesey is often misrepresented, misunderstood or weated as 2 diy word. Whea it comes so plc pue praia. Few quexion why by-ecdons Wi sre not called or why the presidential process ends in 20 es contest, Instead what is common is the practice of self ‘censorship. Frequently it ende with the cencorship of others. Its interescing to see that selEcensorship operates without the direct intervention of tbe ruling par What makes most citizens, cesidents, and foreigner living ‘ad working in Singapore behave inthis wey? Why does the majority avoid alternative political ‘expression? How do they censor themaelves snd others? What special hold does the city-state have over theie individual behaviours In such an environment, what ate the chances of legiimising alternative political éxpression and action? What repercussions does this uniquely Singeposeaa sei censorship hold for the Republics fara? Finally, how can the situation be improved? ‘Written in a laid and exsy-o-eead syle, this book analyses these questions and evaluates ch implications, James Gomez is a senior researcher in political science. A member of The Roundtable - a Singaporean policy discussion group « he is well-known for his critical views on political reform. ate Set eee eee eres x number one on the MPH Bestscllers ist re Launched Serene TSB aai-04-1735- J) K Screen org The Media Speaks Self-Censorship: Singapore's Shame has received rave reviews ia ‘The Sun, Malaysia; The Jakarta Post, Indonesia; The Nation, ‘Thailand and The West Australian, Perth. Most major newspapers and wire services have made yomuesreocens mention of the book in one way or another. SE ee ‘The Nation, Thailand, had this pao to say, "This is a much-needed book on Singapore's culture of fear and self-censorship...The litle book is a small proof that in Singapore there's at least one person who dares to think differently - and dares to say so". 30th Jaly 2000. "What does it take to speak one's mind in Singapore, especially on topics deemed "sensitive"? A thick skin helps. That, and a freedom from fear, Evidently, James Gomez possesses both attributes." The Jakarta Post, Indonesia, 9th April 2000.