Cherian George is an academic engaged in media research, education and advocacy. His research focuses on media and politics, including freedom of expression and its limits, media controls and censorship, and intolerance in democracies.
His latest book is "Hate Spin: The Manufacture of Religious Offense and its Threat to Democracy" (MIT Press, 2016). He is also the author of "Freedom From the Press: Journalism and State Power in Singapore" (National University of Singapore Press, 2012); and "Contentious Journalism and the Internet: Towards Democratic Discourse in Malaysia and Singapore" (National University of Singapore Press and University of Washington Press, 2006).
Before becoming an academic, he was a political journalist at The Straits Times, Singapore. His book of journalistic essays was published in 2000 as "Singapore: The Airconditioned Nation: Essays on the Politics of Comfort and Control".
He blogs about Asian media issues at www.mediaasia.info, on Singapore media at www.freedomfromthepress.info, and on Singapore politics and society at www.airconditionednation.com.