Guide to what you can or cannot write about in Singapore?

… when the Protection From Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) before Parliament is passed … – any Minister or his appointed Competent Authority, can determine what is a falsehood (and that it is also in the public interest to make the order)?

The penalty is up to 10 years jail and a fine of up to $1 million

… cannot write about an ongoing court case or police investigation? (Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill)

… cannot write about anything that may be deemed as harassment? (Protection from Harassment Act)

… “Seditious tendency 3.—(1) A seditious tendency is a tendency —

(a) to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the Government“
– “(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), any act, speech, words, publication or other things shall not be deemed to be seditious by reason only that it has a tendency — (a) to show that the Government has been misled or mistaken in any of its measures” (Sedition Act)

… cannot write about race, religion or nationalities or different classes of people?
– “(e) to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes of the population of Singapore” (Sedition Act)

… cannot write about anything that may be deemed as defamatory? (Defamation Act)
To share a Facebook post without any comment (of a news report from a news media site)

… may not write about or use Lee Kuan Yew’s name or image or likeness in such a way as may be construed as “(not) accorded dignity and respect”? (Guidelines of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) (Ministry’s former name))

… cannot write about anything that may be construed as in some way, be related to “any evidence given, or any documents presented to the Parliamentary (Select) committee, or extracts“?

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

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23 Responses to “Guide to what you can or cannot write about in Singapore?”

  • a standard of 151th position:

    while the white monkey idiots and their doggie boys can churn out propaganda to a standard of 151th position. daft sinkies cannot hor ???

    caveat : opinion lar not fact lar.

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  • Want to Know:

    Does “minister” include the overpaid apprentices called Second Minister or Minister of State for whatever?

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  • jc:

    When a baby is born, sew his mouth. That solved all problem

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  • UniQ:

    There is NO GOVERMENT (except North Korea) can fully control the flow of information single handedly without toppling.

    I congratulate them to be so brave !!

    Let see how the ppl shall reply. The more extreme the policies employed and the more divisive the rule is between the ‘elites’ and the commoners will be good news to me.

    So many screwups no head rolls

    1 leg outside smoking yellow box, no leniency given for clarification to the public for new policy and kenna fine.

    Good, Best !! The nation is watching :)

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  • Skip.:

    How come this new law felt so like

    A electrical power failure.feeling!

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  • LIONS:

    SUDDENLY,UNTRUTHS BECOME truth and TRUTHS become untrue just becos some *FAKE* laws get applied *fakeFULLY*????

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  • Clarification needed:

    Is criticizing the government and advocating regime change considered “seditious tendency”? Can it be deemed as “harassment”?

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  • opposition dude:

    All the so called “rules” laid out read to me like the PAP is getting extremely insecure such that one cannot say this and that about them. Which is truly laughable since it just shows that this government cannot defend itself from criticism and has to use created laws to silence critics.

    Oh well the election is this year. I’m just waiting for the 30% of opposition voters to be sued and jailed because they voted for opposition which is a crime since it shows that they don’t trust the PAP which in turn gives the impression of “excite disaffection against the Government”, ahem!

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  • leisure time do wat then, hah?:

    SGs then got nothing to do.
    now sgs love to complain n criticise.
    if all this cannot do, then do what to let off steam?
    hahaha!

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  • oxygen:

    @ Uniq

    THEY SPENT FAR MORE TIME, ENERGY AND FOCUS FIXING THE OPPOSITION and screwing around with peasants freedom of speech INSTEAD OF MANAGING THE ECONOMY which they are clueless from head to tail

    This country is falling apart.

    Amazing that they think their political longevity lasts much longer from here.

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  • 鸟龙的人:

    牠是为国为民???
    牠是为牠自己和白杂种的利益
    丢内老某个超海,衰仔 杂种

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  • 69.9% asked for it:

    peasants will always be the loser in such cases.
    it doesnt matter what they said or wrote innocently or otherwise.
    cuz PAPs uses their own specialised Dictionary..which they use to always interpret everything to their advantage.

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  • HarderTruths:

    This is what a future ‘discussion’ about $G news will look like

    :… I am concerned about XXXXXX being able to XXXXX and then made to lose XXXXX% from XXXX as a result of XXXXXX interference and bad management. Surely the XXXX of their estate agent XXXXX can give us a reason why this was done? Will I have to go to XXXX to see XXXXX for another type of XXXX?…”

    Yes – we will have many other discussions like this in the future….

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  • UniQ:

    oxygen:
    @ Uniq

    THEY SPENT FAR MORE TIME, ENERGY AND FOCUS FIXING THE OPPOSITION and screwing around with peasants freedom of speech INSTEAD OF MANAGING THE ECONOMY which they are clueless from head to tail

    This country is falling apart.

    Amazing that they think their political longevity lasts much longer from here.

    @ Oxy

    True lor, look at the so call Brains that they recruited into Cadre. These are men totally trained in their entire career in managing ppl ‘forced’ under contract or constitution to work. When these Brains moves to the real world, they start to realise that the ppl do not act as they are told ?!?!. So what they do ? Force their interest on each and everyone lor. Basically no difference from Raping everyone’s freedom for having sane independent thoughts.

    Basically the country is falling apart since we lost BIG Time starting from UBS investment, my take is that we have gone from bad to worst having 9 lids covering 10 dustbins to now maybe 7 lids probably.

    As for how they last that long I could brak it down to :

    2 GE Back : Cry Apology Act
    Last GE : Foolish Sympathy Votes which cost Most Sinkies their
    chance to survive to zip.

    Even if we have a new gahmen, the media machineries within this country will throw Fake news non stop to destabilize the new gahmen, spending more time defending than saving the country. These Pigs are not for the country. its all about their pockets, they are not even shy to express them. Sinkies are just too stupid to read between words and watch carefully. Mark my words.

    Suggestion that the new gahmen work if elected should start work immediately liberate media like Malaysia, and promulgate a Bill to remove immunity for elites.

    That again is just wishful thinking ….

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  • Asd:

    Implement AI as goverment… cut cost…

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  • Perspective:

    Always thought the Third Commandment applies only to God: “You shall not take the Name of the LORD your God in vain.”

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  • Haigen-Diaz:

    The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill is a victory of anti-intellectualism, a defeat of critical inquiry, and an abandonment of empathy.

    Yes. this is the nightmare that we can never wake from. It is real. It is what a large percentage of Singaporeans chose. Concerns about civility and mutual respect … can never be used as a justification for closing off discussion of ideas, however offensive or disagreeable those ideas may be to some members of our community.

    Our concern, in the present environment, should be about preserving truth in a public forum. We will listen to anyone’s point of view but we draw the line when that point of view disregards the very foundations of civilized discourse.

    Opinions are no longer free if Govt. can use falsehoods laws to gin up your side of an argument. Free speech in a democracy has more to do with the oppression of people, and its repression typically begins with attacks on social media & individuals.

    From all evidence, PM and his ministers consider themselves entitled — above all the rest of us. What sickens me about the current state of affairs is the fact that this is a constitutional crisis.

    Trust and belief are earned, when these tenets are violated the electorate rebels via the ballot boxes….. We only have one condition before free speech is prohibited. We get to decide.

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  • rules only apply to others:

    only they who made these rules will be exempted.
    they always feel they are above the law.
    [email protected]×÷#$%!!!

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  • In short:

    In short, Singaporeans should only be daft but deaf, dumb n blind.
    Only Pimps And Prostitutes, tonzi, plps, can talk, write any shits will be real news, even running down SIN history war hero is a traitors n those succumbed to the Jap General n do all their bidding ps r national hero to be recorded so that all kindergarten children can worshipped as heros not banana or ripotten bananas.
    In short, all bureaucrats like torni dung r jialiaobis, whether tonzi bananas or rotton banana sandwich or gorilla dung chipatee as long as they hellaluya to the Pimps And Prostitutes better with $ n hellolot yusui to feed the hungry, greedy n aggressive SIN PimpsAnd Prostitutes so that they can Patch And Patch their Poo and Put can be swept clean by the po lan pa can sweep under the big red carpet n yell all is fragrant.

    SIN is sunk with the Pimps And Prostitute flying fast all the way to Golly reserved Swiss Bank!

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  • wink wink:

    //The penalty is up to 10 years jail and a fine of up to $1 million//

    why not propose up to 999 years jail and $100 million then after wayang debate, show generosity by giving a huge discount to 10 years jail and up to $1 million ?? wink wink.

    caveat : opinion lar not fact.

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  • miniSTIRs:

    No wonder Sinkies cannot talk……..they cannot talk, articulate even in pariahment………all they did was close their eyes!

    Most Sinkies really cannot talk n includes almost all the miniSTIRs (oops wrong spelling).

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  • To MR Leong:

    That minister says if you unknowing spread fake news, you “have nothing to fear.”

    Does this protect you, Mr Leong? Or do you still need to fear civil suits? If so, is the minister giving false hope and fake news?

    “Only those who deliberately fabricate news and spread falsehoods are liable to face criminal charges under the proposed law against fake news. Those who spread fake news without knowing the truth have nothing to fear. Similarly, a person who starts something based on a misunderstanding will not face penalties. There might be one person who deliberately puts the falsehood out, and then there might be thousands who spread it.”

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  • Straight "A"s Marlboro Tan:

    A quick analysis of the bill will yield the following analysis

    1) To censor internet and TO bring about self censorship on freedom of speech on the pretext of safeguarding the security and interests of the country. A broad interpretation of clauses is adopted for flexibility in achieving this outcome

    2) When state propaganda fails, an alternative method to keep future generations in the dark and to shield them from the “democratization” effects of the internet.

    3) To cripple political opponents and their advantages in “waking up” society from their false consciousness .

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