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Singapore govt refuses to renew journalist’s work visa and rejects application to cover APEC summit

Ben Bland is a freelance journalist who writes for The Daily Telegraph and Asia Sentinel, among others. He is based in Singapore. At least he was till this piece of news yesterday from his blog post Enforced hibernation,

Posting will be light to non-existent for the next few weeks as I’ve just found out that the Singapore government has refused to renew my work visa.

The Ministry of Manpower has refused to give me any reason for this decision.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Information has rejected my application to cover the upcoming APEC summit for The Daily Telegraph, the UK’s best-selling serious daily newspaper. They have also given me no explanation.

Having been in Singapore for a year, I now need to leave the city-state within a month and am reassessing my options with urgency. I plan to continue working in Southeast Asia.

Any offers of employment or freelance journalistic safe haven as well as messages of support or general abuse can be sent to me at theasiafile@gmail.com.

I’d like to thank all my readers and assure you that I will be back blogging with a vengeance once my involuntary departure is complete.

I’ll also have more to say on my predicament at a later date.

At least I’ve now got some time to re-read the novels of Franz Kafka and George Orwell.

One of his recent blog post was Singapore maintains secrecy over death penalty stats.



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