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The Online Citizen commentaries editor Howard Lee moves on

Howard LeeHoward Lee, the commentaries editor for The Online Citizen, is stepping down from his role after more than two years with the independent news site.

Lee, who announced he was moving on on Facebook yesterday afternoon, has started teaching at higher education institute Kaplan Singapore.

Lee is part of a team that has provided critics of the establishment with a voice, and acted as a counterbalance to the mainstream press in a country positioned 153rd in the Reporters without Borders press freedom rankings.

In his Facebook note, Lee said that TOC “still occupies a place in my heart, and also that important part of our society. And it is really the commitment of the people coming together that made the magic happen.”

He paid tribute to the website’s contributing writers, including Grace Hui, Min Zheng, Benedict Chong, Kirsten Han, Ariffin Sha and Benjamin Cheah.

Mumbrella asked Lee for comment on how he sees the state of the media in Singapore now. He said: “As a developed nation, Singapore is by no means free from media oppression. The systems, regulatory framework and laws we have in place are both inhibiting our progress and preventing citizens from knowing the problem. This has to be addressed, and a lot more needs to be done to increase social awareness.”

Before joining The Online Citizen, Lee ran communications for the British High Commission in Singapore. In his career, he has also worked for the Singapore government’s tech arm, Infocomm Development Board, and in the communications team of the Institute of Technical Education.

Lee started volunteering for The Online Citizen in 2010.

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