Singapore passes a law which criminalizes the publication of fake news in the country and allows the government to block and order the removal of such content. It comes into existence after passing of the controversial bill ‘The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill’. It bans falsehoods (fake news) that are detrimental to Singapore or may likely influence elections.
It gives the government too much power to determine what could be false and broadly defined public interest. The order to remove or correct fake news is mostly directed at technology companies rather than on individuals who break a law without intent.
As per many Human Rights Watch, it is a “disaster for online expression by ordinary Singaporeans” and a powerful step against the independence of online news portals. It bans falsehoods (fake news) that are detrimental to Singapore or may likely influence elections.