Why the ST often smells like a MIW lackey

From The Online Citizen.

“Today, our petition to China and the UN Security Council to stop the brutal crackdown on peaceful Burmese protesters is being delivered to the world in a full page ad in the Financial Times worldwide — but the ad was rejected by other newspapers like the South China Morning Post and the Singapore Straits Times. Our message is an invitation to China to do the right thing in Burma, not an attack — yet even that seemed too much for media that fear Chinese reprisals.”

Anybody seen this advertisement in non-Singapore papers like New Straits Times, Washington Post, The Australian, The Guardian etc to see which other papers did or did not publish this ad? But that is besides that interesting point. Why can’t the ST allow this advertisement if what Avaaz claimed is true? Unless Avaaz wanted free advertisement and SPH did not want to start a charity and saw adverisements as merely revenue? Maybe so, but ST could have offered a business-ethics compromise like putting the Avaaz ad in the online version of ST.


6 responses

  1. SeenEverything

    I also want to know which newspaper carried or did not carry the advertisement just out of curiosity. NYT? Le Monde? Maybe only FT placed the advertisements for all we know.

    October 7, 2007 at 1:38 pm

  2. Democrazy

    Not forgetting the Shitty Times did not allow CSJ the right of reply to the Burma born Singaporean who ran CSJ down on the forum page.

    Well, what else is new?

    October 8, 2007 at 9:36 pm

  3. Paul Hilder

    Hi, this is Paul Hilder from Avaaz. To clarify: we are paying for all our ads, not asking for free space. The FT has accepted the content and ran it Thursday worldwide. The IHT is keen to run it. Straits Times have said no, too political (and given us very clear body language that there is no point coming back). Same for SCMP. But the game isn’t yet up….. feel free to get in touch with us if you have ideas

    October 9, 2007 at 7:08 am

  4. Hi, in an interview conducted by SG Review with Goh Meng Seng, he made special mention of this blog. Feel free to link the interview on your blog!


    October 9, 2007 at 10:43 am

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