Veteran journalist Ching Cheong discusses new book at public forum
THE trust, understanding and support that the Straits Times and its former editor Leslie Fong gave to him and his family helped them weather the disaster of his arrest and incarceration by the Chinese government, veteran journalist and China watcher Ching Cheong has said.
As a result of this support, his friends in Hong Kong "formed a positive image of the Straits Times and of Singapore", he added.
Mr Ching was speaking at a meet-the-author session at the News Centre auditorium on Thursday, on the occasion of the publication of the English and simplified Chinese editions of his book My 1000 Days Ordeal: A Patriot's Torture.
He added that a friend of his who was in the stock market told him that after what the newspaper had done, the ST Index for him was no longer just a stock market index. It had become "flesh and blood".