Singapore’s flag flies over Parliament House. The island nation’s proposed tough new measures to combat “fake news” have sparked concerns of new curbs on free speech. Photo: AFP

Singapore’s opposition calls fake-news bill a ‘Damocles sword’ hanging over the public

  • The bill is almost certain to pass thanks to the parliamentary supermajority of the long-ruling People’s Action Party
  • But critics, among them Workers’ Party chief Pritam Singh, say there is a conflict of interest in the government deciding what constitutes fake news
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Singapore’s flag flies over Parliament House. The island nation’s proposed tough new measures to combat “fake news” have sparked concerns of new curbs on free speech. Photo: AFP
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Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.