SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT PUSHES FAKE NEWS LAW WHICH WILL GIVE IT MORE OPTIONS TO SHUT DOWN CRITICS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT PUSHES FAKE NEWS LAW WHICH WILL GIVE IT MORE OPTIONS TO SHUT DOWN CRITICS

Fake news laws aren't harmless. They don't protect the public. They're useless. And they lend themselves to censorship. Given these factors, it's tough to believe any of the proponents of fake news laws are proceeding in good faith but blinded by good intentions and fuzzy logic.

Anywhere they've been put in place, they've lead directly to governments taking action against political opponents, dissidents, and activists. Excuses are made about national security and protecting the public, but in the end, it's the public that ends up short on protection.

Singapore's new fake news bill is no exception. Legislators began pushing this bill last year, using their own fake news to claim the proposal had widespread support from the country's residents. The committee behind the legislation heavily editorialized the feedback it received at a public hearing, presenting a vocal opponent's comments as being supportive of instituting a fake news law.

Roughly a year later, the bill has materialized, according to the New York Times.

Singapore introduced draft legislation on Monday that it said would combat false or misleading information on the internet, but critics said the measure could be used as a cudgel against the government’s critics.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When legitimate, peaceful, and logical criticism are smothered, as they are going to be in Singapore, it is signalling to the world, that the censoring country is sliding toward fascism, at a very rapid "fall rate."

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