Troubling key points of the proposed Fake News law by the Singapore government

The draft of Singapore’s new ‘Fake News’ law is out. The Protection From Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) was proposed in Parliament on 1 April as a means to combat the spread of false and/or misleading information online – which undoubtedly has become a major issue as the world enters a new level of connectedness via the internet. Among …

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MinLaw’s Means test for legal aid places tedious hurdles to pass, contrary to Minister Edwin Tong’s suggestion

Multiple debates and criticisms have sprung regarding the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill following its introduction in Parliament on Monday (1 Apr), including those concerning the legal costs that will possibly be incurred by parties who have been issued Part 3 Directions under Section 17 of the proposed Act. Speaking at a forum held at the Singapore Management …

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HRW’s strong opposition to anti-“fake news” Bill part of its “longstanding practice” of making “biased” statements about Singapore: MinLaw

The Ministry of Law has lambasted international non-governmental organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW)’s highly critical statement against the introduction of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill on Monday (1 Apr), branding HRW’s statement “part of its longstanding practice of issuing biased and one-sided statements about Singapore”. HRW’s deputy director for Asia Phil Robertson, according to the NGO’s statement …

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“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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