#4 — Government v.s. Private Owned Media

Despite our knowledge that the media can conceal as much as it reveals, the ideology that the media provides us with the objective truth persists even today. As such, the media wields immense influence over our minds and has the ability to clout our opinions and judgements. The question of media ownership is therefore of great importance to us as it possesses the ability to affect issues of every kind.

Government-owned media provides us the benefit of published information that are more likely to be credible, reliable, and obtained via ethical means. Another benefit is that of the media acting in the interest of the public, censoring inappropriate and sensitive content which may cause outrage or commotion. There will also be an intention to promote nation-building and harmony.

However, the withholding of information may occur, as unfavourable acts by the government will be censored. The media could thus be used to spread propaganda, producing articles that laud the strengths of the government while conveniently leaving out the details of questionable or problematic decisions.

An example: http://thehearttruths.com/2012/10/19/how-the-government-uses-own-mouthpiece-to-shape-own-propaganda/

On the other hand, the advantages of privately-owned media include the higher likelihood of differing perspectives on a range of issues being covered. Such media organisations are unafraid to voice criticisms against the government or educate the public about politics more objectively, as they are not obliged to pay heed to the government. The presence of competitors would lead to products of higher calibre as well. Naturally, the downsides of such media include the consequences of sensationalising or distorting facts as the organisations weigh profit over ethics. The reality of media concentration is also often veiled by the illusion of diversity and availability of choices.

Ultimately, I believe that government-owned media will be more beneficial to a country like Singapore, because of the racial and religious diversity that exists here. Even under the influence of government-owned media, people have the option of sourcing out information online, thus mitigating the negative effects of government-owned media.


2 thoughts on “#4 — Government v.s. Private Owned Media

  1. Hi Rachael, Indeed who owns the media does matter to the public because we want to know where certain information does comes from and how reliable and trustworthy are they.
    Government owned media is more likely to be credible and the information is obtained directly from there thus more credible. The government also acts in the public’s interest promoting welfare and also censoring sexual contents to cate to all the age groups.
    The bad thing is that the government will also hold back information which they think is not important for us but it actually is (especially new information about the opposition party).Government owned media will usually publish more news about the ruling party rather than opposition thus at times causing propaganda and certain amount of brain washing to the general public as we only get to see one side of the story.

    Private owned media are freer on the other hand to voice out their opinions and speak up their mind as they do not need to seek authority from the government thus they can afford to criticize the government. Private owned media will usually have less censorship compared to government owned media.
    The downside would be private owned media’s objective is profit and I don’t really blame them for because they need capital in order to continue airing their shows and to pay their staffs but this will usually take over their priorities. They will tend to air shows that the public would choose to watch during their leisure time rather than airing or publishing what is important for the people of the country. And at times they can even lie or fabricate news just to get the public’s attention and attain certain number of views.
    In Singapore government owned media is much better as live in a multi -racial country and in order to maintain the peace government owned media would be a better option.
    Good read!


  2. Both Rachael and I shared the same view towards ownership of media. Yes, it is no doubt that media have the authority to present the information as much or as little as they want to the public and thus it is crucial to choose the correct ownership of media in a country.

    There are definitely both advantages and disadvantages in private media and state-own media. Private media allows the public to have their thoughts to be projected out without the fear of being captured by the government. But, there will be problems arising when people are allow to speak off their mind as they would not be bothered by the consequence (being detained by the police) thus spouting inappropriate comment to certain topic and dispute might arise among the communities.

    State-own media have the right to reject or accept information/news and it might be a positive attribute. Information that is not relevant are filter out and offensive remarks are not publicised, this create lesser tension among people. Although some may argue that the information we received now is the information that the government want us to see, we are not seeing the things the government do not want us to see. But how transparent can the government exactly get? If the system is too transparent, other country would know and find out certain things which in the future might use it and counterattack us.

    If the agenda of state-own media and private media is positive, there is not much of a problem of who owns the media as the media would only have one objective and it is to provide the people with accurate and unbiased information. However, that is not the case as media might be driven by profits and to choose which media should be owned in Singapore, we must take into account of the multi-racial factor, thus media in Singapore should be state-own.


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