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Press statement on Straits Times’ Chief China correspondent Ching Cheong

SINGAPORE, 5 January 2006 - In response to media queries on the case of Mr Ching Cheong, the publisher of The Straits Times, Singapore Press Holdings has issued the following statement :

We remain extremely concerned over the well-being of Ching Cheong. He has been in detention for over eight months now, and we have been denied access to him despite our repeated requests. We are anxious to talk to him.


Issued by Singapore Press Holdings
Co. Regn. No: 198402868E

For more infomation, please contact:

Mr Arnold Gay
Head
Corporate Relations
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1216
Fax: 6319 8150
Email: arnold@sph.com.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Main board listed Singapore Press Holdings Limited is the leading media company in Singapore, in the print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. It publishes 13 newspapers in the four official languages and more than 80 magazine titles in Singapore and the region. Everyday, 2.8 million individuals, or 88 per cent of the people above 15 years old, read one of the SPH publications. Its Internet Business Unit manages the online editions of SPH’s major newspapers and magazines, which together enjoy over 300 million page views a month. SPH also owns a 20% stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40% stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes free newspaper Today. SPH operates two entertainment radio channels, UFM 100.3 FM in Chinese and WKRZ 91.3 FM in English, under a joint venture company UnionWorks with NTUC Media, and owns an 80% stake in SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest LED network media company.