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Media practitioners release updated statement to all MPs to highlight concerns with the POFMA

Following the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill (POFMA) which was proposed in the Parliament of Singapore on 1 April 2019, current and former media practitioners sent a statement to all Members of Parliament, highlighting their concerns that hopefully will be addressed in a more informed debate next month. Their concerns are that the POFMA would infringe freedom of …

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Singapore still ranked 151 out of 180 in World Press Freedom Index and it’s not surprising why

Once again, Singapore was ranked 151 out 180 in the World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). The survey ranks countries on press freedom which is assessed on several levels including media independence, legislative framework, abuses against the media/reporters, infrastructure and more. Singapore has consistently ranked poorly on this index for the past few years, this time …

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Singapore ranks 151st out of 180 countries on the 2019 World Press Freedom Index

Singapore maintains its ranking in Reporters Without Borders’ (Reporters Sans Frontières – RSF) World Press Freedom Index as the Republic takes the 151st spot again this year. An increase of 0.46 points from 51.41 points last year, however, was also noted. An increase in points indicates a decrease in press freedom, according to the Index. RSF, in its analysis on …

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Silence by SPH and Mediacorp on Lee Weiling’s Facebook post about ongoing case involving LKY’s final will

As the family drama surrounding the late Lee Kuan Yew’s final will continues to unfold, his daughter Lee Weiling took to Facebook to make some clarifications, refuting certain claims asserted by the AGC. In her post, Dr Lee wrote that that media reports have continued to repeat PM Lee’s false and dishonourable allegations that their brother Yang somehow ‘swindled’ their …

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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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SPH: We welcome Govt’s draft legislation to deal with online “fake news”

In a statement published by the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) today (4 Apr), SPH said it welcomes the Government’s draft legislation to “deal decisively with the challenge of deliberate online falsehoods”. “Given the vulnerabilities that exist in society, the measures proposed will help address a clear and present danger posed by those who seek to use new media platforms to …

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Video of Japanese museum attraction turns into fake viral story of boy winning 20kg gold bar at Dubai International Airport

Recently a viral video that showed a boy winning 20kg gold bar at Dubai International Airport took the internet by storm. It was shared by many netizens and news sites, including Mothership. This boy won the 20kg gold bar kept in Dubai International Airport pic.twitter.com/N1JYxS8Zb0 — Mothership.sg (@MothershipSG) March 30, 2019 It appeared that he was taking part in the …

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