What is Singapore’s proposed Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Act? How does it actually work? What are the problems with it? And how does one avoid running afoul of it? We explain why this law is problematic and why Singaporeans should be very worried about it.
While reporting the article “Dr. Sasa Visits a Bomb-Making Class”, a spokesperson for Dr. Sasa, of the National Unity Government of Myanmar, accused the author and New Naratif of disregarding journalistic ethics and putting lives at risk. Here’s our response.
PJ responds to the POFMA order against Episode 8 by analysing how POFMA was used; notes how the POFMA order did not challenge any of the fundamental conclusions of Episode 8; and demonstrates how its use against Episode 8 proves his arguments correct.
PJ uses POFMA as a case study to demonstrate how Singapore’s People’s Action Party government writes poorly worded laws that give themselves immense amounts of power, while misleading the Singaporean people by saying the laws will be used responsibly and for good purposes but then using the law chiefly to silence critics and suppress opposition.
Singapore’s “fake news” bill is based upon dubious assumptions which are not supported by the science of media effects studies. Instead, research shows it is the absence of democracy that creates an environment where disinformation acts oppressively.