SINGAPORE PREPARES LEGISLATION TO TACKLE FAKE NEWS
A select committee within Singapore’s parliament concluded on Thursday that the government needed measures, including legislation, to combat “online falsehoods” or fake news. The committee, however, did not provide a timeframe for implementation, Nikkei Asian Review reports. Activists and content producers have argued that there is no need for new legislation to deal with online fabrication, fearing that it may lead to abuse of power. Legal experts have also said that existing laws and regulations in Singapore are already in place to combat fake news. For instance, under section 45 of the Telecommunications Act, any person who transmits a message which he knows to be false will have committed an offence.