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Singapore ‘fake news’ law: High Court rejects SDP’s application to have case heard in open court

The first challenge against a correction direction under Singapore’s “fake news” law went before the court on Jan 16. A High Court judge has turned down the Singapore Democratic Party’s (SDP) application to have the case heard in an open court. At the crux of the appeal lies SDP’s two Facebook posts and an article, where they alleged a rising trend of local professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) being retrenched, and plunging employment rates. However, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said the posts contained false statements of fact and misleading graphics. SDP conceded that the MOM was right based on its figures, but added that “fake news” laws should be used on obvious and deliberate falsehoods, not varying interpretations of data.

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