Coronation Everest by Jan Morris

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By Jan Morris

This vintage account bargains a breathtakingly intimate evocation of the main recognized of all climbing exploits - and of probably the final nice outdated Fleet road scoop.

'It used to be Morris who broke the scoop British-led excursion had conquered Mount Everest the day sooner than the Queen's coronation in 1953 . . . Allied to actual braveness in getting down the mountain and a dogged resourcefulness in getting the scoop domestic, Morris scooped the area and was once introduced on probably the most outstanding literary careers within the moment 1/2 the 20 th century.' Guardian

'Exquisite, strong . . . i will ponder no greater method of commemorating British exploration's culminating triumph.' Simon Winchester

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Playfully entitled ‘Civil society groups debate debate rules’, the fictitious author Kway Kah Chng (or ‘chicken’s backside’) wrote about how an imaginary civic/civil society group ‘Singaporeans for Tolerant, Intelligent, Friendly Local Exchange and Debate’ (STIFLED) was denied a licence to congregate because it was deemed to be acting ‘against the public interest’. The article also ‘debated’ the meaning of ‘crusading journalism’ by citing a comment from an anonymous ‘person from the shadows’: ‘One could say the [mainstream] media already slants news coverage to campaign for the Gahmen’s [government’s] personal agendas’.

Com should nonetheless be seen as a journalistic site that provides commentaries on everyday life in Singapore, albeit in a tongue-in-cheek manner, not unlike The Void Deck. com aims to create mediated spaces to make Singaporeans ‘live’ and ‘laugh’ at themselves – and at their politicians. com posted a critique on DPM Lee’s model of ‘civic society’ and ‘constructive journalism’ five days after his speech at Singapore’s Harvard Club. Playfully entitled ‘Civil society groups debate debate rules’, the fictitious author Kway Kah Chng (or ‘chicken’s backside’) wrote about how an imaginary civic/civil society group ‘Singaporeans for Tolerant, Intelligent, Friendly Local Exchange and Debate’ (STIFLED) was denied a licence to congregate because it was deemed to be acting ‘against the public interest’.

Journalists also operate in a commercially precarious environment that undermines the economic security needed to continue producing relevant and comprehensive reports on sociopolitical issues. Such problems are mirrored in many other countries across the region. As Chapter 4 points out, attempts to reform or improve journalists’ democratic functioning often have little success unless media organizations operate in a commercially sustainable environment. New technologies have been used creatively to expand the field of public discussion, but again, the impact of ICTs has not been as great as many have hoped.

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