The new Fake News law is to instill fear in our minds so as to encourage self-censorship

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Compared to democratic countries, Singapore’s proposed anti-fake news law:

1. Gives broad sweeping powers to the PAP ministers

Any ministers can issue an order under the law in response to a news they deem as fake.

2. Defines “fake news” using vague and ambiguous notions

Under the law, fake news is defined as any “false statement of fact “ that promotes hatred or ill will between different groups of people or diminishes public confidence in public institutions.

3. Imposes very draconian punitive measures against citizens.

Anyone who refuses to comply with the order of the Ministers risk a fine of up to $20,000 and jail term of up to 12 months.

4. Makes it onerous for those being penalised to appeal against the decisions of the PAP Ministers

Shanmugam and Edwin Tong claim that avenues for redress are in place as anyone being punished under the law may appeal through the courts.

But as Kirsten Han says: “Even if you are convinced that your Facebook post is in the right, how many average Singaporeans would appeal to the minister, and then spend thousands of dollars to hire a lawyer and file an application in Court?”

Given the above, it won’t be unreasonable to surmise that the law is designed to blur the lines between obviously fake new, satire, personal opinion and legitimate criticisms, with the goal of instilling fear and uncertainty in our minds so as to encourage self-censorship.

 

*Facebook post by The Alternative View.

 

 

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21 Responses to “The new Fake News law is to instill fear in our minds so as to encourage self-censorship”

  • oxygen:

    CENSORSHIP IS PRIMAE FACIE fake news – the Ah Seng peasants are already deprived of the truths.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    “Under the law, fake news is defined as any “false statement of fact “ that promotes hatred or ill will between different groups of people or diminishes public confidence in public institutions.”

    Can I say “An Indian masquerading as a Malay President”? Is this false statement of fact? If no minister objects, that means this statement is true? If minister objected, for what reason? or no reason will be given?

    Or does it promote hatred or ill will between different groups of people. How could that be? The Indians were very proud that some one from the race is called upon to be a Malay President. The Malays were happy since none in their community was able to do so, they should thank the Indian for her sacrifice.

    What about “GRC is to ensure minority representation in Parliament, but it seems only the Chinese is making use of it to enter Parliament”. Is this false statement of fact? We know the fact that minority representation is only required during election time, after election, it is not necessary.

    One more, I have a hard time telling my grandchild that “inside is also means within”. Can I say “Inside 200M is within 200M radius of the polling station”?

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  • oxygen:

    SMART THINKING MINDS THINK THE WORLD IS ROUND but not exactly round. We have Mount Everest and Marianna Deep. CROOKED MINDS think the world is one page of blank paper, they paint whatever they like and anyone who thinks different is FAKE AND CRIMINAL.

    THE FACT IS TRUTH AND FALSITY IN MOST INSTANCE IS, by definition, the dissenting voice and thought is AT LEAST 50% RIGHT – THAT IS WHY LESS, A LOT LESS INVESTORS DO NOT LOSE MONEY IN HYFLUX THAN THOSE WHO DID.

    Fake news legislation should have William Shakespeare as its law architect – he at least knows the difference between a comedy and a tragedy of stupidity unlimited.

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  • The TUN Slapped once more!:

    Here is the video from the 26th minute onwards.
    Another meesiam mai hum level of humor.

    https://youtu.be/_Ib-Oxo63Uo

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  • Petition watch out:

    All Singaporeans to be aware of this going on;

    There is a petition going on by change.org if you read ASS news.

    But before you rush in, do read the terms and condition of change. Be warn that, the click of yours is not only agreeing to the petition but a whole lots more.

    Literally speaking, imagine if you would to agree to your computer or phone to be ransacked [not specific to change.org]. So read the organizer terms and conditions first.

    Petition should be simple, agreeing to a cause and nothing more strings tied behind. I hate organizer to plot anymore than that.

    This kind of plot could be easily explored by the bad guy. You never know, who is behind it.

    I am against the Fake News Law. Was about to click, but I read, luckily.

    thanks

    https://www.change.org/p/human-rights-watch-say-no-to-singapore-s-proposed-fake-news-law-567cb756-fbab-45c9-81aa-5278ddb081eb

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  • Bapak:

    What if you someone tells mee siam never got mum & he reports you for spreading fake news and you got arrested & charged. Later found you are right, would this clown be charged for his ignorant?

    Cannot just say is an honour mistake & let it pass right? If they use that we also can use its an honour mistake right.

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  • John Richards:

    So basically we are to believe minister Chan’s statement that ‘there is no conflict of interest’ in appointing Heng Chee How’s wife as Auditor General. Why? Because the minister said so! Or is the minister’s statement ‘fake news?’ What do you think?

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  • PAPArmageddon:

    I predict if this law is passed, it will be the shortest time law ever, vested under PAPi reign.

    That will be the ultimate response from the people that “If you played me once, Shame on you”. Then out of a sudden, those good for nothing, loudhailers, demanding warlords, all gotten lost and become history………

    Amen!

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  • RDB:

    Aiyo! Their present Malay president is reality an Indian what. That’s how their pee and poo minds work what! That’s why they brag that their chosen Indian president with a Malay name is actually a Malay lor! LOLL…

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  • mahathir the man!:

    @The TUN Slapped once more

    so true…
    what Tun M answered was priceless.
    thats what true democracy is about…
    not the fake kind in our country.

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  • HarderTruths:

    70% will not believe us – they will follow the leeder….

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  • Super Video by LT:

    Super Power video by LT;

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJdlh_tc5Ps

    The Malaysia Najib met to his downfall after starting the fake news legislation.

    I think many sinkies going to slap the same, history going to repeat for our side of the boarder.

    Opinion only.

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  • LIONS:

    what is FAKE NEWS,MR SHAM?
    is it something like FTs will create more jobs for sinkingporeans???

    sgs are xenophobic IS NOT FAKE NEWS?
    THEN,why so many fake FTs choose to come here instead of somewhere else?
    are they not afraid they get mugged?

    is sgs are ungracious not fake news?
    then WHY POLICE OFFICERS ON DUTY AND SECURITY GUARDS kena whacked by FTs?

    so many FAKE NEWS like MILK IS MILK.
    or XO MPs/ministers are better than ordinary MPs,so they must get TOP pay?

    or,IT IS NO USE TO STRIVE SO HARD AND SPEND TONS OF MONEY ON TERTIARY EDUCATION when the gahmen squander HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF TAXPAYER MONEY ON FT-SCHOLARSHIPS instead of funding our own kids?

    come on,in SIN CITY,it is the opposite: FAKE NEWS become HARD TRUTHS and turths become FAKE NEWS?

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  • LIONS:

    DAVINDER $ings:” DEFENDANTS used residents’ hard-earned money to improve political standing…”

    hahaha! PAPies used TAXPAYERS’ HARD-EARNED MONEY TO BUY VOTES FROM YOUNG LOLLY-SUCKERS….

    WHICH IS MORE ‘REAL’?

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  • Simple Solution:

    Just make sure not all Minsters are from PAP, correct?

    1. Gives broad sweeping powers to the PAP ministers

    Any ministers can issue an order under the law in response to a news they deem as fake

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  • Tun M has the upper hand:

    why have to wait for Tun M to continue ‘slapping’ Loong in the hope of bringing him to his senses?
    We The Citizens Of SG should work together to give the PAP the biggest slap of all at the next GE…
    why dont we?

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  • Bell:

    Fake news?fake ideas or things maybe.

    but news?? News tells people to seek answer.

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  • Pro.state:

    Overnight the law will not be passed IF
    just 20k protest at hong Lim.
    This may sound too simple but think again. I believe it will force them to tweak or drop or delay or reconsider the bill.

    If they see so many against them and they proceed regardless, they know that will cost them lots of votes never seen before.
    A 20k protester protest is unprecedented.

    What they want is to stay in power. Nothing else. They will bow and kowtow.
    Dun believe me? Try it and you shall see .

    At first they very adamant about ILS. Now what happens?

    When George lost Aljunied, what happened? Two oldies resigned immediately.

    So, no matter what law they put in place and people complain, the pap and the laws are not able to block protesters and votes.

    But to vote need courage which is missing for decades. Thus the biggest problem and obstacle is the People who never dare effect people power.

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  • Pro.state:

    Germany France Australia can implement draocnian laws because they have proper check and balance as they have strong alternative party MPs who will step in if the garment abuse the laws.
    The deters the garment.

    Some countries have no opposition. They only have Wankers Party. They wank and wank laughing all the way to the bank.

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  • Change We Must:

    Singapore does not have a good check and balance system so giving too much power to the ministers is very dangerous. Don’t forget, fake news can turn out to be real.

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  • 真真假假,假假真真。:

    LIONS: ppeal to the minister, and then spend thousands of dollars to hire a lawyer and file an application in Court?”

    真真假假,假假真真,到最后谁也说不清。

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