Straits Times began with call for free press

The Straits Times has undergone a complete transformation in its 170-year history. I was reminded of that when the newspaper came out with a new look today.

Introducing the redesigned newspaper, the editor Warren Fernandez began the front-page main story with the words, “Good morning to you, kind reader!”

He was quoting the first line of the first editorial which appeared in the Straits Times 170 years ago. But he  did not refer any further to that editorial, which was a passionate defence of freedom of the press.

The Straits Times, July 15, 1845
The Straits Times, July 15, 1845

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Alan Rusbridger of the Guardian

Alan Rusbridger
Alan Rusbridger
Alan Rusbridger stepped down as editor-in-chief of the Guardian yesterday. A great editor of a great newspaper.

I won’t comment on his and the Guardian’s involvement with Wikileaks and Edward Snowden because I am not interested in politics.

What I do appreciate is good writing and good journalism, which is not only about politics but about life itself: culture, society and trends of the day. The Guardian has provided both in spades — good writing and good journalism.Continue Reading

The Irish of Asia

They are the Irish of Asia. The Rohingyas and the Bangladeshis leaving their homes remind me of the Irish, and to a less extent the Scots, who emigrated to England and the English-speaking colonies to escape poverty.

The Irish and the Scots, who also settled in Northern Ireland, rebuilt their lives in their new homes.

A question mark hangs over the Rohingyas and the Bangladeshis.

Nobody wants the wanna-be emigrants.

Bangladesh, Burma and the region
Bangladesh, Burma and the region

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