The US State Department’s annual human rights reports contain probably the most detailed regular documentation of Singapore’s record on civil and political freedoms. The 2016 report can be found here.
Social scientists and human rights monitors tend to focus on measurable features of political control. However, fear has aspects that are more emotional and harder to pin down. Therefore, more artistic and literary takes on the subject can sometimes be more profound. Among the most insightful:
- Tan Tarn How’s play, Fear of Writing (Epigram, 2012)
- Joanne Leow’s essay about her time as a journalist in Singapore, “Journalism and Jiujitsu“.
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