ST's new video series gives close-up of topical S'pore issues

Online programme will investigate topics such as social media, migrant workers

At 16, Miss Gia Lim had her photos doctored and circulated, along with rumours that she offers sexual favours. Now a 22-year-old undergraduate, she credits strong family support for helping her pull through those difficult days. Her story is featured in t
At 16, Miss Gia Lim had her photos doctored and circulated, along with rumours that she offers sexual favours. Now a 22-year-old undergraduate, she credits strong family support for helping her pull through those difficult days. Her story is featured in the first episode of the CloseUp series titled InstaSex, which looks at the darker side of social media platforms.ST PHOTO: YONG LI XUAN

A new video series that seeks to offer a deeper look at issues that hit close to home debuted on The Straits Times' online platforms yesterday.

Titled CloseUp, the programme aims to delve beneath the surface of some of the biggest headlines in town, and will tackle a wide range of topics, from the hypersexualisation of social media to the challenges plaguing the migrant worker community in Singapore.

The first episode of the series, InstaSex, sees Straits Times education correspondent Amelia Teng traversing the darker side of social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, where young girls and boys are often the target of strangers' sexual overtures.

In the documentary, she meets teens who have encountered sexual harassment and - in the worst cases - assault, as a result of interactions on social media.

Other episodes in the pipeline include Migrant Burden, where Straits Times correspondent Yuen Sin investigates the multimillion-dollar underground recruitment market.

She speaks to migrant workers who pay exorbitant recruitment fees to employers and illegal brokers in Singapore to secure jobs here.

Another episode in the series, Battle of the Sidewalks, helmed by producer Vanessa Liu, takes viewers onto Singapore's busy footpaths, where pedestrians and a growing number of cyclists jostle for space.

Mr Warren Fernandez, Straits Times editor and editor-in-chief of Singapore Press Holdings' English/Malay/Tamil Media Group, said: "In addition to the news, audiences have shown an interest in long-form reports that dig deeper into an issue, and especially when told in a compelling fashion. This new series of videos will do just that and delve deep into topics of interest to our audience."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 04, 2021, with the headline 'ST's new video series gives close-up of topical S'pore issues'. Subscribe