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NUS Press recognised for publishing excellence

12 December 2012

Freedom from the Press (left) and Floating on a Malayan Breeze published by NUS Press won the Asian Publishing Excellence Awards

NUS Press has won accolades for two of its books written by Singapore authors at the 6th Asian Publishing Awards. The recognition is a reflection of how the NUS publishing unit reaches out to the wider community of scholars and writers beyond the university.

Freedom from the Press: Journalism and State Power in Singapore by Dr Cherian George received the Excellence Award for Best Book on the Asian Media Industry, while Floating on a Malayan Breeze: Travels in Malaysia and Singapore by Mr Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh won the Excellence Award for Best Insights into Asian Societies.

Freedom from the Press analyses Singapore's media system, showing how it has been structured. It provides a constructive engagement with ongoing debates about the city state and makes a significant contribution to the comparative study of journalism and politics.

Floating on a Malayan Breeze documents the bicycle journey of Mr Vadaketh and a friend through Peninsular Malaysia and the people he met. It also gives the widely differing views of residents in the two countries which separated 45 years ago.

The premier Asian Publishing Awards, presented by Asendia, Adobe, Woodwing and Magzter, recognise best publishing practices in Asia. Incorporating the Asian Magazine Management Awards, Asian Book Publishing Awards, and the Asian Corporate Communications Awards, it attracted 157 entries from 98 companies representing 14 countries this year.

NUS Press publishes journals and books with a focus on Asia-related social sciences and humanities. It draws on a global pool of authors and has particular commitment to enhancing the impact and relevance of scholarly communications in Asia.