A group of activists will be holding an event discussing the POFMA Bill and its impact on free speech in Singapore. Many people have been up in arms ever since the Bill was passed. Will it do more harm than good? Is it a means to curb fake news or is it only a tool to suppress free speech? What do you think?
3 NMPs have filed a Notice of Amendment to the POFMA in which they outlined various improvements they want to see in the Bill. They proposed that the relevant Minister must explain why something is considered a falsehood and why certain actions have to be taken. They also suggested for an independent council to oversee the decision-making process so that online falsehoods can be countered better and fairer. The next Parliament sitting is on 6 May. Will the people in power bother to listen? Singaporeans will wait and see.
Singaporeans have expressed concerns over the proposed fake news law. Some will be taking part in an event at Hong Lim Park today while others have signed a document calling for the withdrawal of the bill. Everytime there are new changes, Singaporeans voice displeasure through petitions, speeches and discussions. Have conversations worked? Will they work? If the elites do not start listening to what people have to say, it is time Singaporeans wake up themselves and make a choice that will let us all be heard.
Police investigating Jolovan Wham for a photo of him holding a pice of A4 paper with the words "Drop the charges against Terry Xu and Daniel De Costa". He posed for the photo outside the State Court. Just because he is Jolovan Wham, any acts done by him is construed as an act against the Singapore Government.
Paul Tambyah, Chairman of Singapore Democratic Party, has voiced out against the recent action against artist Seelan Palay. He thinks Singaporeans should be entitled to freedom of speech as it is only then will we progress as a nation.