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Straits Times publishes 24-page special morning edition in tribute to Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore news websites go ad-free

Lee Kuan Yew special edition coverThe Straits Times is publishing a 24-page special edition in tribute to Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of Singapore, who passed away in the early hours of this morning.

The tabloid format edition hit the shelves at 10.30am in the city centre and 11am island-wide.

MediaCorp’s TODAY newspaper is also set to run a special edition later today. A 44-page edition devoted to LKY will be available from noon today.

The websites of The Straits Times and TODAY have been cleared of advertising, the mastheads have gone black, and they are running stories almost exclusively on Lee Kuan Yew this morning.

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Lee was pronounced dead at 3.18am, at which time the country’s newspapers had already gone to press.

Today's newspapers in Singapore

Missed the big story: Today’s newspapers in Singapore

Last week, Singapore Press Holdings sent a memo to advertisers saying that it would not accept tribute ads to Lee Kuan Yew, as agencies had been scrambling to create messages of tribute to the former prime minister. The publisher has said that otherwise it will be “business as usual for advertising in SPH newspapers and other platforms.”

Meanwhile, Singapore’s most-read news websites have gone ad free.

Yahoo.com.sg

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MSN.com.sg

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Google carried a logo created in tribute to LKY – a black ribbon – on its homepage.

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Google.com.sg today

An Instagram account has launched to pay tribute to LKY, bearing the new logo.

LKY tribute on Instagram

LKY tribute on Instagram

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