Despite having no background or training in journalism, Terry Xu is chief editor, videographer, writer and webmaster of The Online Citizen, one of Singapore’s few independent media outlets. With a lean team and a tight budget, it’s a struggle to keep the entire enterprise afloat in an environment where mainstream media is government-controlled and the ruling party doesn’t look kindly upon dissent. But with the introduction of anti-“fake news” legislation that would allow government ministers to become arbiters of truth, the environment in Singapore might become tougher than it’s ever been. “An Online Citizen”, released in 2019, remains relevant today amid the increasing number of activists being arrested for expressing dissent against the state.
- “Some will watch it and think he’s (Terry Xu) a hero, and some will watch it and think he’s nuts and completely off the reservation.” (The Independent on An Online Citizen, 26 Sept 2019)