The Guardian has a story on the excellent Singapore blog, Mr Brown, and the protests that followed the author’s sacking from his job as a columnist on a newspaper. OK, so it’s not Tiananmen Square, but the fact that Singaporeans are prepared to stand up for freedom of speech, even in an anonymous blog comment, is encouraging, although the Singapore government is unlikely to see it that way.
Mr Brown, 34, whose real name is Lee Kin Mun, wrote a harsh, humourous and satirical attack on the government over the growing disparity in people's incomes, rising living costs and the fact that about a third of households had seen their incomes shrink since 2000.
He also had a dig at the government for not releasing the data on which his article was based before the May general election, in which the ruling People's Action party won 82 of the 84 seats and 66% of the votes cast.
"We are very thankful for the timing of all this good news, of course," Mr Brown wrote in his article titled "S'poreans are fed, up with progress!"
"Just after the elections, for instance. By that I mean that getting the important event out of the way means we can now concentrate on trying to pay our bills.
"It would have been too taxing on the brain if those price increases were announced during the election period, thereby affecting our ability to choose wisely."
The government did not take the criticism kindly. Three days later Today published a letter from Krishnasamy Bhavani, the press secretary of the minister for information, communication and the arts.
She branded the "diatribe" as "polemics dressed up as analysis" and said the "piece is calculated to encourage cynicism and despondency".
Her most stinging rebuke was left for last. "It is not the role of journalists or newspapers in Singapore to champion issues, or campaign for or against the government," she wrote.
"If a columnist presents himself as a non-political observer, while exploiting his access to the mass media to undermine the government's standing with the electorate, then he is no longer a constructive critic, but a partisan player in politics."
Three days later Today "suspended indefinitely" Mr Brown's column. "No reason was given and he didn't ask for one”.