Singapore has blocked access to online news publication Asia Sentinel following its failure to comply with the country’s fake news law’s requirement regarding the placement of a correction notice.
The controversy began over an Asia Sentinel article titled “Singapore Kills A Chicken To Scare The Monkeys,” which criticized Singapore’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis and drew comparisons between the article author’s experiences and those of human rights lawyer M Ravi and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s brother, Lee Hsien Yang.
The Ministry of Home Affairs claimed the article contained false statements, issuing a correction direction. However, the publication did not place the correction notice at the required position on its website and the article page.
The access-blocking order implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Information could be revoked if Asia Sentinel adheres to the directive.