Singapore goes on global offensive to defend ‘fake news’ law

Singapore’s government has said the new law is not aimed at stifling free speech and is enforced independently of the election cycle. — AP

Singaporean diplomats are taking the lead in defending a two-month-old fake news law, challenging international media outlets and free-speech advocates it says are publishing misleading claims on the contentious legislation.

Since the law was enacted in October, authorities in the South-East Asian city-state have invoked it four times against critics and once against Facebook Inc, which was required to attach a government-issued "correction” to content deemed to contain falsehoods. Government officials have also countered critical media coverage of the law, known as the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act.

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