SINGAPORE — Parliament last Wednesday (8 May) passed the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill (POFMA), which will give the government the power to take individuals as well as online news sources and platforms to task if they disseminate “deliberate online falsehoods”.
SINGAPORE — Amid criticism from observers on the wide-ranging powers under Singapore's fake news law, here's a look at similar legislation elsewhere.
SINGAPORE — The Ministry of National Development (MND) will continually review enforcement measures to combat illegal wildlife trade, including the adoption of more effective technologies, said Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs and National Development Sun Xueling.
SINGAPORE — After debating intensely over the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill (POFMA), 10 Muslim parliamentarians came together to break fast on Wednesday (8 May).
SINGAPORE — A majority of Singaporeans believe that online falsehoods and fake news do not have much influence on their views and opinions, according to a poll commissioned by Yahoo News Singapore.
SINGAPORE — Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said that, while Malaysia wants to raise the price of supplying its water from Johor to Singapore, the more pertinent concerns for Singapore are to increase the yield of the Johor River, and to safeguard its environmental conditions especially the quality of water.
SINGAPORE — The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) was passed in Parliament on Wednesday (8 May), bringing to a close a process which began with the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods holding public hearings early last year.
SINGAPORE — A future rogue government could exercise the powers under the fake news law to stifle criticism or perpetuate fear, said Workers' Party Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) Leon Perera on Wednesday (8 May).
SINGAPORE — As such, they want opinions, satires and criticisms to be explicitly excluded from the law, Ong said.
SINGAPORE — A new office will be set up within the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) to administer the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill (POFMA), said Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran on Wednesday (8 May).
SINGAPORE — The government must have the powers to deal with online falsehoods swiftly, as seeking recourse with the courts cannot be expected to happen within a matter of hours, said Law Minister K. Shanmugam on Wednesday (8 May).
SINGAPORE — 682 enforcement notices were issued for pigeon feeding offences over the past three years, said Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs and National Development Sun Xueling on Wednesday (8 May).
SINGAPORE — It could be detrimental to a foreign domestic worker (FDW) to be brought into Singapore to provide short-term help, said Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Manpower Low Yen Ling on Tuesday (7 May).
SINGAPORE — The Workers’ Party (WP) argued against the proposed fake news law on Tuesday (7 May) with its Member of Parliament (MP) for Aljunied GRC Low Thia Khiang saying it is a ploy by the government to cement its “absolute power”.
SINGAPORE — All functions of an independent council to tackle falsehoods can be achieved under the current structure of the executive in Parliament, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said on Tuesday (7 May), amid calls by various segments of society for its creation.
SINGAPORE — An appeal against a minister’s decision under the proposed fake news law could be heard in court in as little as six days.
SINGAPORE — There have been seven pollution incidents along the Johor river since 2017 that caused the Public Utilities Board’s (PUB’s) Johor River Waterworks plant to be shut down temporarily, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli on Tuesday (7 May).
SINGAPORE — Over 80 per cent of Singaporeans believe that setting up an independent body to review reported cases of deliberate online falsehoods would be better than leaving it to ministers, according to a poll commissioned by Yahoo News Singapore.
SINGAPORE — The criminalisation of attempted suicide must be retained as it is “a more compassionate approach” to deal with the complex issue, said Holland-Bukit Timah GRC Member of Parliament (MP) Christopher de Souza on Monday (6 May).
SINGAPORE — Perpetrators of voyeuristic offences could face stiffer punishments under proposed changes to the law.
SINGAPORE — Voyeurism must be recognised as a growing concern in Singapore, and autonomous universities must “keep up with the times” and ensure that policies and processes remain relevant in dealing with the issue, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung.
Following the death of CFC (NS) Aloysius Pang, a Think-Check-Do drill will be implemented as a routine part of pre-maintenance task checks in the Singapore Self-Propelled Howitzer (SSPH), said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in Parliament on Monday (6 May). Positions of emergency stop buttons will be re-emphasised and emergency procedures will be rehearsed as part of drills. Safe and hazardous areas will be further emphasised through bold markings. Read the story here . (VIDEO: Mindef)
SINGAPORE — In the wake of CFC (NS) Aloysius Pang's death, the Committee of Inquiry has proposed several recommendations to prevent similar incidents.
SINGAPORE — The death of Aloysius Pang was preventable had there been compliance with safety rules by all personnel inside the self-propelled howitzer he was trapped in.
SINGAPORE — A total of 56 disciplinary cases involving sexual misconduct were handled by autonomous universities over the past three years, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung in Parliament on Monday (6 May), with about 66 per cent of the cases related to voyeurism.