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Come face to face with Ching Cheong, author of My 1,000 Days Ordeal - A Patriot's Torture

Singapore, 2 November, 2012 – Straits Times Press, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), is organising a meet-the-author session for a new book entitled My 1,000 Days Ordeal – A Patriot’s Torture (千日无悔 ––– 一个爱国者的浩劫written by Ching Cheong, a senior writer at The Straits Times. The session will be held on 8 November at SPH News Centre Auditorium.

My 1,000 Days Ordeal – A Patriot’s Torture will be officially launched at the Singapore Writers Festival tomorrow, 3 November from 4pm – 5pm at SMU Festival Pavilion. It is available in both English and Simplified Chinese editions and will be in bookstores from tomorrow onwards. 

In his book, the author recounts how he was detained after he had entered Shenzhen from Hong Kong when he was a Straits Times correspondent. He was subsequently accused of spying for Taiwan and detained in isolation for more than three months. He narrates in detail how he was physically coerced to confess his alleged crime and the circumstances under which he was compelled to write a “confession”. 

The meet-the-author session, jointly organised by Straits Times Press and the Singapore Press Club, will be moderated by Leslie Fong, Senior Executive Vice President for Marketing at SPH. 

My 1,000 Days Ordeal – A Patriot’s Torture
, is one of four new titles by Straits Times Press. It recently launched OB Markers - My Straits Times Story by Cheong Yip Seng. Two other books,Asian Larder by Sylvia Tan and Ask The Foodie by Christopher Tan, will be launched on 9 and 10 November respectively at the Singapore Writers Festival.

Patrick Daniel, Chairman of Straits Times Press and Editor-in-Chief of SPH's English and Malay Newspapers Division, said: "Straits Times Press is proud to publish Ching Cheong's book and we are confident that his story will be a compelling read to all. By making it available in both English and Chinese, we hope more people will be able to learn of his ordeal during his incarceration." 

Media Invitation

Your journalist, photographer and/ or film crew are invited to attend the meet-the-author session on 8 Nov. Please RSVP to Joelyn Tan at 6319 1895 or by 3pm, Wed, 7 Nov.

Event details

 Thursday, 8 Nov
5.30pm – 7pm 
 SPH News Centre Auditorium 

5.15pm Arrival of guests
5.30pm Session begins

6.30pm Book signing and reception 
7.00pm End of programme 


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For media enquiries, please contact:

Joelyn Tan
Corporate Communications 
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
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Adrian Cheong
Corporate Communications 
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
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Straits Times Press publishes History, Biographies/Memoirs, Politics, Culture, Food and Lifestyle books. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Ltd.

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