Foreign experts share views on fake news

Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam made clear that the committee was not taking any specific view on Russia.
Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam made clear that the committee was not taking any specific view on Russia.PHOTO: GOV.SG

The dangers of foreign disinformation campaigns took centre stage on Day 2 of public hearings in Parliament as international experts shared their views and experiences in dealing with, and countering the impact of, such falsehoods.

For nearly seven hours, the Select Committee on deliberate online falsehoods heard evidence from eight media researchers and practitioners from countries including Ukraine, Latvia, France and the Czech Republic.

All are countries affected by fake news campaigns, and in which Russia featured heavily.

Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam made clear that the committee was not taking any specific view on Russia.

The hearings, which continue today, are taking place over eight days until March 29.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2018, with the headline 'Foreign experts share views on fake news'. Print Edition | Subscribe