Fake news law: Ownself judge ownself

Or in posh English, not Singlish, “In the proposed fake news law, ministers are judge and jury.”

This is a seriously good reason concerned about the proposed bill introduced on Monday, which gives the government very sweeping powers in the name of regulating fake news propogators like Goh Meng Seng and TOC’s Danisha Hakeem.

My main concern is that it makes ministers the initial (and in most cases the final and only) arbiters of truth about claims regarding the PAP government’s performance: “Ownself judge ownself”.

That is most unfair and unnatural because it makes a minister the judge and the jury in his own cause. Worse although there is some sort of a right of appeal, the burden of establishing the truth lies on the appellant, not the minister. I do not think a minister should have the power to regulate comments made about them or their department in the same way as the government having the power to regulate hate speech or even seriously offensive speech against race or religion.

There is an obvious potential for serious conflicts of interest here, like “Ownself check ownself”.

Cynical Investor

Cynical Investor blogs at Thoughts of a Cynical Investor

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12 Responses to “Fake news law: Ownself judge ownself”

  • cowboys:

    Potential weapon to bankrupt capable opponents, regardless.

    I can lie and you cannot lie law…. what a joke of the town.
    I say is Right means it’s Right law and you shut-up…. hahahahahaha
    I check myself and you don’t ask law…. LOL.

    Erosion of the fundamentals of People’s “TRUST” of old man pillar of “HONESTY” leading to its downfall is predictable.

    Foundation fall, building fall… Nature Law, even old man cannot resist.

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  • LIONS:

    good no more FAKE NEWS like * FTs create more jobs for sgs*.

    such FAKE NEWS gahmen must be taken to task as an example for all others.

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  • Ignorance in singapore:

    The amount of ignorance in Singapore is too much.

    The People do not understand that Truth is Truth. It should not be defined by anyone.

    Singapore is hopeless.

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  • HYT:

    Hmmmm, Singapore got jury? Is it true?

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  • Colossal Contradiction:

    What do we have here? Ranked next to Ethiopia(150) at 151st place in the global free press index, now this government wants to curb freedom of expression yet further?

    Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

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  • Regime change is the solution:

    Boeing tried “ownself check ownself”. FAA allowed “self-certification”. It failed. The result was 2 crashes within 5 months killing over 350 people.

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  • Simple lah !:

    Just make sure there are none “PAP” Minister or that “PAP” Ministers must require the support of none “PAP” MPs to do things.

    Alamak ! so easy. Just vote correctly one time, problem solved !

    My main concern is that it makes ministers the initial (and in most cases the final and only) arbiters of truth about claims regarding the PAP government’s performance: “Ownself judge ownself”.

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  • jc:

    I am fine and happy with the fake new bill to approve as long it affects 69.9%, idiot. Sorry to the rest of the citizens.

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  • henry:

    We gave them the power.and we will renew that power again.
    All hail the PAP… the most powerful political party ever.

    But is completely toothless with neighbours.

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  • Retrenchment good 4 Change:

    As long as given elections, pap can be voted out overnight. This is absolute truth.

    But the people allow all these laws and are least courageous.

    I Worry whether they can fight a war.

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  • Is Georgy that stupid?:

    Georgy has been papized as sacrificial goat but in his favor got put of the plpic strangulation as evidenced to his clombing out of the Gfarthole into the bright open. Some Paps n papplps spread the news that Georgy is dropping into the gfarthole again. Just as many, is Georgy that dumb to avail himself to worm in the Gfarthole? His despise for the below standard version Has 4 Pap aka Gfartworms Dynasty couple to his success with his plp past record wiped clleaned would be sufficient reasons to believe Georgy is now that dump to suck in Gfart after he hss become aware of the fresh air he now breathes.

    It seems that GCT has ben stupified by long years of plping to debase himself n look like the long plping dies hard to shift to gfart worming. His skin must be thickening to be booted n told to shut up now pap is disintegrating comradely n GCT now begs to be in again. His never practised a nanosec medic Son must be bemoaning at the despicable mentality n conduct of Goh Gfartworm.

    Justifiably he deserved to be nicked rotton idiot who knows no dignity n pride but $ even at the dual generation to zip up.

    Disgrace to Auspicium Aevi Meliori. Rotten to core indeed know not shame,digbity n manhood. A perfect candidate for comrade. Come to think of it does he has any chioce or alternativ except to plasters $ over his comrade body!

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  • AristoCATs luv "Ranking". . .:

    Colossal Contradiction:
    What do we have here? Ranked next to Ethiopia(150) at 151st place in the global free press index, now this government wants to curb freedom of expression yet further?

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    MIWs love High Ranking – #1 in this, or that . . .
    Pat themselves in the back. . .
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    > “Ownself judge ownself”.
    > “That is most unfair and unnatural because it makes a minister the judge and the jury in his own cause.”
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    Sure. The AristoCATs will squeeze till they achieve World Press Freedom Index – “Top Rank” – from the bottom !
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    Remember the Ballot box !

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