Tag: POFMA

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...

Ong Ye Kung to academic activists—If disagreement from Government ‘has a chilling effect, please chill’

Singapore— Education Minister One Ye Kung took part in the debate on the country’s anti-fake news bill, which was passed late on Wednesday night, after a fourteen-hour discussion that took place over two days. Mr Ong sought to put to rest the concerns some academics...

Anti-fake news bill passes amidst criticism from opposition, rights advocates

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Singapore— POFMA, the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act, otherwise known as the country’s landmark legislation aimed at combating fake news and hate speech, was passed in Parliament late on Wednesday night, May 8. The Bill passed after over 14 hours of debate from...