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Principle of proportionality will enable Courts to become “effective final arbiter”, exercise greater powers over Minister’s Directions: Harpreet Singh SC, on strengthening POFMA, while MinLaw defends the Bill’s scope

The doctrine of proportionality or reasonableness, when applied by the Courts, may rein in the wide and “far-reaching” scope of power given to Ministers to issue correction or take-down orders under the proposed Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act. In a commentary published in the Singapore Law Watch last month, Senior Counsel Harpreet Singh Nehal suggested that in order …

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Netizens express outrage over Police’s conditional warning to NUS undergrad who repeatedly filmed children in toilets, question leniency of punishment against offender

Following the high-profile sexual harassment case involving voyeur Nicholas Lim Jun Kai, who was merely given a 12-month conditional warning and an instruction to write an apology letter to Monica Baey – a fellow National University of Singapore (NUS) undergraduate student – for filming her whilst she was showering in her hall’s bathroom last year, a list of sexual misconduct …

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Monica Baey’s exposé of Nicholas Lim’s voyeuristic act at Eusoff Hall bathroom may raise concerns under POHA, POFMA: Lawyers

Amid the controversy surrounding 23-year-old National University of Singapore (NUS) undergraduate Monica Baey’s exposure of fellow student Nicholas Lim Jun Kai’s identity as the perpetrator of a voyeuristic act – of which she was a victim – via a series of Instagram Stories recently, lawyers have raised concerns as to whether Ms Baey’s exposé would constitute an offence in itself …

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Anti-“fake news” legislation: A brief comparison across multiple countries

The introduction of the controversial Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill in the Singapore Parliament on 1 Apr has sparked numerous debates and discussions regarding what many media practitioners and civil rights groups have deemed to be an overreaching legislation. Despite such criticisms and concerns, however, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has defended the Government’s rationale behind the proposed …

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Role of public policy in the judiciary must be clearly defined in an age of “judicialisation” of politics: CJ Sundaresh Menon

The role of public policy in the judiciary must be clearly defined in an age where matters typically resolved through political means are now increasingly being brought to the courts, said The Honourable Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Singapore Sundaresh Menon. Delivering his address titled “Taming the Unruly Horse: The Treatment of Public Policy Arguments in the Courts” …

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Globalisation and AI contribute to “wicked problem” surrounding the rapidly evolving legal landscape in Singapore: Sundaresh Menon CJ

In what he dubbed as a “wicked problem”, The Honourable Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon predicted that the merging of three significant forces, namely globalisation, technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) and “the growing commercialisation of the law” will continue to pose new challenges to lawyers and the legal profession itself in Singapore. The term “wicked problem”, said Mr Menon in …

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Focus of attention should not be on Jolovan Wham refused to sign his statement but that the police refused to give him a copy of his own words

The headlines have loudly declared that activist Jolovan Wham refused to sign his police statement in the media reports of his court hearing. Wham faces two charges for allegedly organising an assembly without a permit under the Public Order Act on 26 Nov and refusing to sign the statement made to police. While it is a fact that he refused to …

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