Nick Cocks
Feb 28, 2011

OPINION: The problem with Singapore advertising is not its advertisers

SINGAPORE - Jack Wynne Williams was a renowned British ad man who was fond of pointing out that advertising is part and parcel of a healthy functioning democracy. He knew that no matter how corporate or reactionary it became, advertising was a valuable expression of free speech, that was beholden only to the toughest critic; the general public.

Nick Cocks on advertising in Singapore.

Of course, key to Jack’s thinking was the assumption that the public is smart enough or care enough to hold advertisers to account.

I wonder what Jack would make of Singapore advertising I think he’d pick the problem right away.


Not direct censorship of advertising. Rather, the effect that censorship of the media has on the public and by dint, advertising.

It’s widely acknowledged that...

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