The Independent, Singapore


Can an on-line newspaper really (or is it virtually?) go up against the big boys like The Straits Times and TODAY? The Independent‘s big pitch is, well, its independence, and we all know what kind of stories that will get you in Singapore. Betting otherwise is a team of veteran journalists with more than 60 years of experience between them. Kumaran Pillai, the publisher, was Chief Editor of The Online Citizen. He has with him P. N. Balji, former CEO and editor-in-chief of TODAY newspaper. Also on the team are Alfred Dodwell, the legal counsel; Leon Perera, CEO of an international research and consulting agency; and Edmund Wee, the managing and creative director of Epigram, an award-winning design agency. The venture is looking for investors.

While the verdict is out on the viability of media independence in Singapore, we will enjoy the “responsible, but robust” reporting at The Independent, or TISG in short. SP recommends Abhijit Nag’s critique of bureaucracy-speak in “How Singapore Murders Language.”

About Jee Leong Koh

My book of poems Steep Tea (Carcanet) was named a Best Book of 2015 by UK's Financial Times, and a Finalist by Lambda Literary. I also wrote three other books of poems and a book of zuihitsu. My work has been shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize, and translated into Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian and Latvian. Originally from Singapore, I live in New York City, where I edit the arts blog Singapore Poetry, and run the Second Saturdays Reading Series and the Singapore Literature Festival in NYC.

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