[Singapore] SEAPA appeals to Singapore government to recall anti-falsehood draft law

The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) echoes the concerns raised by other press freedom and free expression advocates across the globe on this draconian bill that, inter alia, grants overarching powers to state authorities in combating disinformation, potentially leaving its citizens, particularly the media, in an even more precarious state once a new law of this kind comes into force.

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Activist Jolovan Wham

[Singapore] Cyberspace Headed for More Control

Singapore’s media industry has long been tightly controlled by the government. This is unlikely to change in 2019; in fact, new legislation is expected that could further curb press freedom and freedom of expression.

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[Singapore] PAP’s Potentially Potent Cyberweapon

Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill (POFMA) is thus likely to be yet another weapon in the PAP government’s arsenal against its critics. It also promises to be a very effective one; while it might be impractical to monitor all online chatter and issue correction or takedown orders in each and every instance, the legislation is worded broadly enough to give government ministers the option of wielding it selectively against particular targets. The Bill also gives ministers the power to exempt anyone they want from the law, and that has triggered fears that the government itself might not be able to be held to account.

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[Singapore] Anti-’fake news’ bill ‘frighteningly broad’, ‘dangerous’ as gov’t sets itself up as arbiter of truth and falsehood

Singapore is inching closer to passing a law fighting “fake news” as the “Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill” was tabled in Parliament on Monday, 1 April 2019. But human rights advocates view the draft legislation as a further threat to press freedom and freedom of expression in the city-state.

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[Singapore] Activist in hot water for posting photo; alleged offense tantamount to ‘illegal assembly’

For posting a photo of himself holding a sign supportive of two fellow Singaporeans charged with criminal defamation, civil rights activist Jolovan Wham is under police investigation for another “illegal assembly.”

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[Singapore] SEAPA decries ‘harsh’ penalties against Wham, urges court to drop all charges

“Southeast Asian Press Alliance denounces Jolovan Wham’s sentencing and urges the court to reverse its decision, and drop any remaining charges against him that arose from the sheer exercise of his fundamental rights.”

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[Singapore] Activist Jolovan Wham ditches fine for 16-day prison term over illegal assembly

Choosing jail time over a court-imposed fine, civil rights activist Jolovan Wham was sentenced today, 21 February 2019, to at least two weeks of imprisonment for illegally organizing a public discussion that featured Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, who spoke over Skype.

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The Online Citizen

[Singapore] JOINT STATEMENT: Stop Defamation Probe of The Online Citizen

The heavy-handed investigation by the Singapore police of The Online Citizen (TOC) editor Terry Xu, accused of criminal defamation over an article published in September, has set the alarm bells ringing again in a country that is known for stifling independent voices. We, the undersigned, view this development with extreme concern, noting the unrelenting use of repressive policies to silence free speech.

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[Singapore] The Online Citizen’s editor released after eight hours of police custody, interrogation

For allegedly besmirching the reputation of some of Singapore’s highest officials, the editor of a major independent online platform in the city-state has become the subject of a police probe. Terry Xu, chief editor of The Online Citizen (TOC) is the respondent to a criminal defamation case that is being investigated by police.

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