Trust in institutions continues in decline around the world, but in many respects the Fourth Estate, with “fake news” now an international mantra, has taken it harder than most. Now, a government minister in Singapore has made front page news in Asia by proposing a “Protection from Falsehood and Manipulations” bill and presenting it for parliamentary debate.
The minister spent the better part of two hours arguing the rationale behind the proposed law. But it’s being criticized by some lawmakers for giving a small number of government officials a broad new power - namely, to decide what’s false, and how to address it. Courtesy The Straits Times.