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POFMA will be the Nuclear Bomb to Free Speech and Press in Singapore

POFMA was passed in parliament in May earlier this year. Despite what the government says about protecting citizens from fake news, it is all their way of pushing down a draconian law that has the potential to stifle and kill authentic contrarian views and any point of view that the government doesn't agree with. Here are what other prominent academics, human rights advocates and even a former PAP MP have to say about POFMA.

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[EVENT] The Great Singapore Debate: An Advocate is as useful as an Avocado

Which does Singapore need more? Which is more useful? Is it better to have an avocado in your belly or an advocate with fire in his or her belly? Some of Singapore’s most opinionated and entertaining personalities will debate this very important topic. Come listen to the cut and thrust of their arguments, to their rapier sharp observations and thought-provoking postulations.

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Can STOMP really teach good internet behaviour?

STOMP's Don't Be A Facebook Idiot campaign is the last thing we need. It would be much better for us to recognise that we cannot control everything online, and that there is little point in policing other people's social media presence. There will always be Facebook idiots. We should be careful we don't join them.

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Can -- and should -- the internet be tamed in Singapore?

The government and mainstream media sometimes seem fixated with what happens online. Perhaps seeing it as a threat to their monopoly on power and narrative, they are eager to paint the online community as the “Wild Wild West” where battles have to be fought. Creative acronyms like DRUMS (Distortions, Rumours, Untruths, Misinformation and Smears) are created to depict the Internet as a place of irresponsible trouble-makers. Everyone who isn’t with them is, apparently, a troll.

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COMMENT: Will free yoga lessons really help foreign workers?

But this one takes the cake, methinks -- free yoga classes, as reported by Channel News Asia! Organised by the Art of Living Centre, the men are taught “relaxation and breathing techniques”, as well as given “motivational talks”. Er, isn't this just an ill-disguised way of keeping them confined to remote dormitories?Well-intentioned it may be but it's misguided to the point of being a tad insulting.

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