Invitation: ‘Tackling Disinformation and Maintaining a Free and Open Internet’ (Sept 25)

Dear Member

The British High Commission has invited members of the Singapore Press Club to attend a Discussion on “Tackling Disinformation and Maintaining a Free and Open Internet” which it is organising along with the Canadian High Commission on September 25 (Wednesday) from 6.30pm. Registration details are given below.


Tackling threats to the Internet while maintaining the benefits of a free flow of information has become one of the major challenges of our time. As a follow-up to the Global Conference on Media Freedom held in London in July, the British and Canadian High Commissions in Singapore are hosting a panel discussion on “Tackling Disinformation and Maintaining a Free and Open Internet” on the evening of 25 September (Wednesday).

The speakers are:  

Taylor Owen, Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communications and Associate Professor in the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University. He is the founder of the international affairs media platform, and his recent books include Disruptive Power: The Crisis of the State in the Digital Age, After Snowden: The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State, and The Platform Press: How Silicon Valley Re-engineered Journalism.  

Nick Dean, Deputy Director, Hostile State Activity, National Security Secretariat, UK Cabinet Office. Nick coordinates work across the UK Government to mitigate state-based cyber threats, as well as central crisis management of major cyber incidents. Before this, Nick was Head of Cyber Policy in the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office, building international cyber alliances with international partners.  

Augustine Anthuvan, formerly a senior TV journalist, reporter and executive producer, radio broadcaster and audio-visual producer from Singapore. Augustine is presently a voice talent, media literacy facilitator and media trainer in Singapore.

Date: 25 September (Wednesday)

Time: 18:30-20:30

Venue: British High Commission Singapore, 100 Tanglin Road

RSVP: by Monday, 23 September 2019

Buffet food (halal with vegetarian options) will be provided 

Please note that this event will take place at the British High Commission on 100 Tanglin Road. Please take along photo ID for the security check. There is no parking at the High Commission (the nearest parking is at Tanglin Mall) and all electronic devices, including hand phones and laptops, must be left at the gatehouse for the duration of the event. 

Best regards

The Secretariat

Singapore Press Club

Through The Lens organised by The Straits Times (Oct 4)

Dear Member

The annual photo exhibition organized by The Straits Times at the National Museum of Singapore is back again.

This year, it will be bigger and with more multimedia, as part of Through The Lens, a visual festival anchored by two signature photo exhibitions, celebrating the best in news photography.

Organised by The Straits Times, the twin exhibitions, which will run from Oct 5 to 27, are:
The Straits Times Photo Exhibition 2019, which will showcase more than 100 images captured by its photojournalists in 2018 and 2019. Some of the best videos produced by the ST Digital team will also be featured.

World Press Photo exhibition which celebrates the most powerful, provocative and poignant images from around the world. A new digital segment showing the winning Digital Storytelling Contest entries will also debut this year. 
You are invited to the opening of Through The Lens on Friday, Oct 4.
Event details:
Through The Lens: Photo exhibitions organised by The Straits Times
Date: Friday, Oct 4, 2019
Time: 3.30pm – 5pm
Venue: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Gallery Theatre (basement)
Please RSVP to by Sept 23 with the following details:
Membership no:

We look forward to seeing you at the opening.  Thank you and have a nice day.
Best regards
Shahrena Hassan
On behalf of The Straits Times

Art in Singapore & Beethoven im Garten

Dear Member,

Stir up your creativity by taking part in one of these delightful activities!

1. Art in Singapore 2019: 19th Century Imaginaries
Join senior curators, a local researcher and an NUS historian as they chart the development of Singapore art.
Venue: National Gallery
Date: 21 September 2019 (Saturday)
Free: Open to the public

 2. Beethoven im Garten 2019
Singapore’s wunderkind conductor Kahchun Wong with principal musicians from his Nuremberg Symphony together with the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra will take
you on a country walk with Beethoven. Celebrating German-Singaporean friendship, this musical evening is a gift of music from the people of Germany.
Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens
Date: 5 October 2019 (Saturday)
Free: Open to the public
The German Embassy has offered to allocate a picnic area upfront for our members.
If you’re interested, please email the following info by 22 September:
Name, Press Club number, Designation/Organisation and Number of People in your group 

Re-discover this pioneer artist through the lens of private collectors and the untold stories behind their collections.
Venue: The Private Museum
Dates: 2 August to 29 September 2019 (Except 5 September)
Free: Open to the public

Warm regards,
Carol Foo
Honorary Assistant Secretary
Singapore Press Club

Goodwill Mission to Uzbekistan (Nov 15 to 23)

Dear Member

The Singapore Press Club’s Goodwill Mission this year will be to Uzbekistan from November 15 to 23.

We have put together the itinerary (attached) with the help of the Uzbek embassy in Singapore. It covers three of the most important cities along the old Silk Road in Central Asia – Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand – as well as the capital, Tashkent.

The Press Club’s Goodwill Missions are unique because we get to visit places and meet people which normal tourists don’t get to. Meetings with ministers and government officials give us a unique perspective of the country.   

The official meetings have not been confirmed yet. It will be done in due course by the Uzbek embassy. There will be other minor updates to the itinerary too.  

Departure from Singapore will be via KL and return via Bangkok. The connecting flights on those routes have not been confirmed yet.

Accommodation will be at 4-star hotels – Royal Mezbon/Le Grande Plaza in Tashkent, Orient Star (in Khiva), Zargaron Plaza (in Bukhara) and Delimah Hotel/Konstantin (in Samarkand).

The cost per person is $2,800 (twin sharing) and $3,200 (single room). This includes the air-fares.

If you would like to join this trip, please send a confirmation e-mail to along with a cheque for $2,800 or $3,200 rightaway or no later than September 22. 

Please provide the following particulars too:
Designation and Company:

Looking forward to your participation in the Goodwill Mission to Uzbekistan. 

Best regards
Santosh Kumar
Honorary Secretary
Singapore Press Club 


Private Collection by artist Chen Wen Hsi (14 Sept)

Dear Members

You are invited to view a private collection of works by one of Singapore’s pioneer artists – Chen Wen Hsi 陈文希.

Hailed as the forefather of our Nanyang art movement, the Guangdong-born artist migrated here in 1948.

He earned local and international acclaim for his avant-garde Chinese paintings.

Fun Fact:

If you have a S$50 with you, do check out his “Two Gibbons Amidst Vines” on the back of the note!

Gibbons aren’t featured in this latest exhibition, but you can enjoy his unique depictions of birds, lotus, prawns and carps instead.

Participants will be hosted by The Private Museum and collectors Johnny Quek and Jennifer Lewis

Date: 14 September 2019 (Saturday)

Time: 10.30am

Place: The Private Museum

Place: The Private Museum (

Please email the following into to by 10th September (Tuesday):

Name, Occupation & Organisation (if applicable), Press Club Number, HP Number, No. of People

Background Article:

Have a creative week!

Warm Regards

Carol Foo