The Straits Times is an English-language broadsheet newspaper based in Singapore. It is owned by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), headed by its non-executive chairman, Lim Chin Beng. The Straits Times was first published on July 15, 1845 and is the dominant newspaper of the country, with a circulation of 400,000 daily.
Its circulation has been banned by the Malaysian government at one point during an international dispute over the sale of water (conversely, the rival Malaysian newspaper New Straits Times was banned in Singapore). Articles are selectively comprehensive and in-depth, especially those on the Asian and world region.
Some opposition feel that the paper is unnecessarily biased towards the right-wing ideology of the ruling People's Action Party. They feel that opposition figures are given too little or no press coverage, in terms of interviews or statements. They also mentioned that the SPH chairman had hold government offices before. Others however regard the Straits Times much less as a politic paper, quoting its long history, though agreeing that it is at present privately supportive of PAP policies.
Currently, the newspaper publishes three weekly pull-outs ("Digital Life," "Mind Your Body," and "Urban," on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, respectively). All three pull-outs are published in tabloid format.
The Straits Times is the only English-language newspaper with an active Internet forum in Singapore. A separate edition, The Sunday Times, is published on Sundays. The newsstand price of The Straits Times is 0.80 Singapore dollars.
Reporters Without Borders -- Singapore was ranked 147th out of 166 countries in its "Second World Press Freedom Ranking" in 2004.
- Official website (http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/)