Andrew Loh co-founded The Online Citizen (TOC) in 2006, and was involved with the website for 10 years. TOC is recognised as the eminent independent media portal in Singapore, one which pioneered citizen journalism in the city-state through its daring investigative reports, oftentimes putting the website in the crosshairs of the authorities.
Under Andrew’s leadership in its early years, where he took on the roles of Chief Editor, and later Managing Editor, TOC flourished and was the envy of mainstream media reporters and journalists for the stories and issues it was able to delve into.
TOC organised and engaged in many campaigns to highlight shortcomings in government policies, and spotlighted those affected, such as those on death row, the homeless, foreign (domestic) workers, the LGBT community, and issues such as free speech and media, corporate governance, and political accountability of the ruling party.
TOC’s role in all these promoted awareness of the issues, many of which were then picked up by the mainstream media, allowing a wider audience to be informed. In 2012, while on hiatus from TOC, Andrew started the award-winning PublicHouse.SG, a platform which focused on human stories. Its “Significant News Story Of The Year ”
on an anachronistic law in Singapore’s statute books, a law which allowed the sexual history of a victim of sexual assault to be used against her in court, won the site an award from the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) in 2012.
The article, written by Lisa Lee, grabbed the attention of the Law & Home Affairs minister, and led to the eventual repeal of that particular law in Singapore in that same year. Andrew’s own writings have been reproduced in other publications, including the Australian Housing Journal, where his expose on the homelessness situation in Singapore attracted international attention.
Andrew was nominated by Yahoo Singapore, where he was a contributing writer for several years, as one of Singapore's most influential media persons in 2011. In his role as Consulting Editor & Creatives for RAVision, Andrew leads the production of content for the channel, which include research, scripting, directing and editing for videos, films, and written reports; liaising and networking with partners and collaborators; and assisting in managing the channel’s social media platforms.
Andrew can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org