Tag: POFMA

We need safe spaces to air our grievances

The following is my speech delivered on 5th of October 2019 during Protest 101, an event organised by Gilbert Goh of transitioning.org After spending a good part of my life under an authoritarian regime, I must confess that I am more conversant with the ways...

New fake news law to come into effect from today

Singapore’s new fake news law takes effect today (October 2), under legislation of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (Pofma). Its rules and regulations kicked in on Monday, paving the way for the law to be implemented. They were announced in notices in...

K Shanmugam on Media Literacy Council mistake: ‘Erroneous’ to suggest satire is covered by Pofma

On Friday (September 13), Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam emphasized that satire is not covered by Pofma, the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act. Minister Shanmugam responded to questions from reporters on a recent Facebook post by the Media Literacy Council (MLC),...

Media Literacy Council did not misunderstand satire, they misunderstood literacy

By Howard Lee In a world rampant with misinformation, a public institution has done the unforgivable – participate in it. Or so we all thought. The Media Literacy Council sparked public controversy when it posted a video on its social media platform featuring its animated hero,...

Over half of Singaporeans support anti-fake news bill—YouGov research

Singapore — Market research agency YouGov released the results of a new research on May 22, Thursday, showing that more than half of Singaporeans are in favour of the country’s new law designed to combat online falsehoods as well as hate speech. The Protection from...

In answer to ST commentary, Law and Home Affairs Minister defends viral video he made with “Ah Lian”

Singapore—Just before the country’s anti-fake news law went through its second reading in Parliament earlier this month, Singapore’s Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam made a video explaining the bill with actress Michelle Chong, who played her "Ah Lian" character. In this informal and even...

Josephine Teo warns against fake news as her image and alleged comments were used in an online scam

Singapore— The country’s Manpower Minister Josephine Teo has taken to social media to warn the public of a website that falsely attributes comments to her for the purpose of getting people to disclose their financial details. On Wednesday (May 15) night, she wrote on her...

POFMA: Slaughtering of the chicken

As the Chief Aunt in The Handmaid’s Tale said, “there will be consequences”, whenever a transgression by any Handmaid took place in the Republic of Gilead. Singapore may not have reached the dystopian state envisioned by Margaret Atwood in her story. But we may...

In a 1-hour speech, K Shanmugam strikes back at WP MPs for objections to anti-fake news bill

Singapore—The country’s landmark legislation to combat fake news and hate speech was passed late on Wednesday night, after nearly 14 hours of debate that occurred over two days, with one-third of the House chiming in for and against the bill. Among the Members of Parliament,...

Muslim MPs break fast together after POFMA passed in Parliament

Singapore—The country’s landmark legislation to combat fake news and hate speech was passed late on Wednesday after two days of debate that spanned over fourteen hours and much exchange of arguments and ideas from Members of Parliament. Shortly after 10:00 in the evening, the Protection...