Proposed fake-news law must not stifle public discourse

Protesters displaying a sign referring to "Fake News" in Washington, during the Women’s March on Jan 21, 2017.
Protesters displaying a sign referring to "Fake News" in Washington, during the Women’s March on Jan 21, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

The line distinguishing genuine news from fake news is sometimes vague, as what is propagated could be a mixture of lies, truths and half-truths (Committee to tackle fake news seeks public views; Jan 17).

Discernment requires wisdom and critical thinking skills.

The Government must ensure that legislation to curb online falsehoods and deal with creators or perpetrators of fake news does not stifle freedom of speech and constructive public discourse.

Teo Kueh Liang