Exclusive interview: Shanmugam responds to key issues on fake news Bill

Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam, in an interview with The Straits Times on Thursday, said the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill will not affect most people as it does not apply to people who forward fake news without
Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam, in an interview with The Straits Times on Thursday, said the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill will not affect most people as it does not apply to people who forward fake news without knowing whether it is true.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill will be debated in Parliament when it sits next week. Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam answers key questions on the proposed law in an interview with The Straits Times senior political correspondent Tham Yuen-C

There is a body of jurisprudence and a lot of case law on how facts are defined and how to distinguish between fact and opinions, said Mr Shanmugam.

"That's the current law. Rather than try to reinvent the wheel and go and try to set it out in detail, we rely on the existing law," he added.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 04, 2019, with the headline 'Law Minister responds to key issues on fake news Bill'. Print Edition | Subscribe