Tag: POFMA

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...

Anti-fake news law debate in Parliament— PAP and WP MPs at loggerheads on several issues

Singapore— The country’s proposed legislation to combat fake news and hate speech online was debated in Parliament on Tuesday, May 7, with MPs crossing swords on several issues such as whether the courts or the Government should be making decisions about fake news, and...

K Shanmugam to ‘Ah Lian,’—POFMA is like a torchlight, to let people know what is true and what is not true

Singapore — The day before the second reading of Singapore’s landmark, if somewhat contentious anti-fake news bill, K Shanmugan sat down with ‘Ah Lian’ to clarify some of the main points of POFMA, the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill. In an informal and...

Shanmugam sounds reasonable but his government’s record is not encouraging

Sometimes, who says it is as important as what is being said. Law Minister K Shanmugam was at his most reasonable when he spoke on what both interviewer and interviewee must have agreed are the key issues regarding POFMA in an interview (May 4)...

Netizens wonder if Lee Wei Ling will still be able to post the way she does if the fake news bill is passed

Singapore—On Tuesday, April 30, the Prime Minister’s sister Dr Lee Wei Ling took to Facebook to provide email proof concerning the lawyer who had prepared the will of her father, Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. The said lawyer, Kwa Kim Li of Lee...

Ministry of Law: POFMA actually narrows the Government’s powers

Singapore—On Thursday, May 2, press secretary to Singapore’s Law Minister said that under the proposed anti-fake news bill, the Government’s powers, as well as the public interest grounds on which the Government can exercise its powers, “are actually narrower than the Government’s existing powers.” Channel...

Regarding POFMA, former PAP MP Inderjit Singh urges Government, “Don’t lose people’s trust”

Singapore—Inderjit Singh, a former MP with the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), has weighed in on the proposed bill meant to address fake news and hate speech,  Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill, which was tabled in Parliament in April. The bill is...

PM Lee: Country should be ‘mentally prepared’ for possible fake news spreading in next GE

Singapore—In a recent media interview, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong warned that fake news played a hand in recent elections in other countries, which is why he said that Singapore must be mentally prepared for the possibility of fake news in the upcoming general...

Cherian George: POFMA will deepen culture of self-censorship

In a speech at Internet Society Singapore Chapter’s educational seminar on April 25, Media Studies professor Cherian George expressed his concern that the proposed bill on online falsehoods in Singapore will only serve to strengthen a culture of self-censorship in the nation. George called the bill...

PM Lee: Legislation an ‘essential part’ in curbing the spread of fake news and hate speech

Singapore—Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong emphasised the importance of legislation in providing answers to the problem of hate speech and the spreading of fake news in a speech on April 25. He said that since technology and social media are growing at a fast pace,...