“Poorly defined” anti-“fake news” Bill “a disaster” for press freedom in Singapore, warn civil rights activists and media practitioners

Despite Law Minister K. Shanmugam’s assurance that the Protection From Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill does not “deal with opinions” or “viewpoints”, and that Singaporeans “can have whatever viewpoints however reasonable or unreasonable”, media practitioners and civil rights organisations have expressed concern over the introduction of the Bill in Parliament on Mon (1 Apr). Kirsten Han, editor-in-chief of Southeast Asian …

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Law Minister K Shanmugam assures Singaporeans that “there will be due process” regarding Platinium Dogs Club fiasco while protestors have yet to be probed over illegal assembly

Following two raids at Platinium Dogs Club at 7 Galistan Avenue at the end of last month over alleged animal abuse, Minister of Home Affairs and Law K Shanmugam assured Singaporeans that “there will be thorough investigations and there will be due process” carried out by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) and Singapore Police Force (SPF). He added on Friday …

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Bill on deliberate online falsehoods to be tabled possibly by the first half of next year, says Senior Minister Edwin Tong as the prospect of GE2019 looms

Senior Minister of State for Law Edwin Tong has hinted at the tabling of a Bill aimed at curbing the spread of deliberate online falsehoods in the coming months after numerous consultations and debates among legislators and members of the public surrounding the potential anti-“fake news” laws. Mr Tong’s revelation came not long after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had …

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Current Attorney-General responds to former A-Gs regarding Public Prosecutor’s scope of exercising own discretion in prosecuting cases under Section 377A

In a press release yesterday (2 Oct), the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) have responded to the comments of two former Attorneys-General, highlighting that the former A-Gs’ statements might convey an “inaccurate impression” that the Public Prosecutor’s (PP) capacity to apply discretion “has been removed or restricted” in respect of the s.377A of the Penal Code. Professor Walter Woon and Mr V.K. …

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Marital immunity for rape rooted in archaic colonial laws, incompatible with modern society’s morality: No To Rape Campaign activists

At the heels of the release of a report by the Penal Code Review Committee, part of which contains recommendations that will potentially remove husbands’ marital immunity against charges of raping their wives, activists and founders of the No To Rape Campaign have raised questions regarding the law’s seemingly slow progress in reflecting the values of society today. In a …

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Penal Code review committee pushing for the repeal of legislation on attempted suicide, recommends treatment in place of criminalisation

The decriminalisation of attempted suicide has become one of the highest priorities of the Penal Code Review Committee (PCRC), as it has found that the criminal justice system is not well-equipped in dealing with individuals experiencing suicide ideation. The PCRC, which was convened by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Ministry of Law (MLaw) in July 2016, proposed …

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