Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Separating Facts And Views

A columnist in Time recently addressed the issue, "Do Newspapers Have a Future?"

He bleakly concluded that they don't. But, more importantly, the following lines in the article caught my attention: "The Brits have never bought into the American separation of reporting and opinion. They assume that an intelligent person, paid to learn about some subject, will naturally develop views about it. And they consider it more truthful to express those views than to suppress them in the name of objectivity."

It reminded me of an incident that happened in Singapore a few months back.

Ironically, it looks like something which forms the backbone of Singapore's media policy is the very thing that its media regulators have sought to keep out of its media: "foreign influence".

Quick, read the article while it's still free!

Dharmendra Yadav

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