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A need to balance free speech and public order

Every generation must decide on the right formula as social and security contexts evolve

The right balance between free speech and national security or public order considerations came under scrutiny as Parliament passed two new laws yesterday.

The first, the Public Order and Safety (Special Powers) Bill, addresses the heightened security threat - especially from terrorism - and gives law enforcement agencies special powers to deal with exceptional situations.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 22, 2018, with the headline 'A need to balance free speech and public order'. Print Edition | Subscribe