As the paper of record that has held a mirror to the nation and chronicled its every step, The Straits Times was born less than three decades after Sir Stamford Raffles laid the foundation of modern Singapore. It is the only newspaper on these shores that has been published uninterrupted for 170 years – except for the three-and-a-half years when Singapore came under Japanese Occupation.

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The e-book also includes a piece by Mr K Shanmugam, Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law, on the issue of media freedom

Living History: 170 years of The Straits Times, supported by the National Heritage Board, is the paper’s gift to the nation as it celebrates its 50th birthday. The e-book is available through The Straits Times STAR app which can be downloaded free on Apple and Android tablets. Here’s how:

  1. 1. Go to Apple App store on your iPad or Google Play Store on your Android tablet.
  2. 2. Type “The Straits Times Star” to search for The Straits Times Star e-books app.
  3. 3. Download it onto your iPad or Android tablet.
  4. 4. Go to “I’m just browsing”
  5. 5. You will find LIVING HISTORY: 170 years of The Straits Times

Mr Warren Fernandez, Editor of The Straits Times, said: “When a big story breaks, reporters spring into action, to cover all angles. In many cases, we live through history in the making.

“The stories by successive generations of ST journalists are captured in its pages, pictures and videos. These come alive this e-book on the significant moments in Singapore, as seen and told in the ST over the years.”

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