Shanmugam spells out how law on fake news will work

A minister who takes action will have to give his reasons as to why info is false: Shanmugam

Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam at Holiday Inn Orchard City Centre for an interview about the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill, on May 2, 2019.
Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam at Holiday Inn Orchard City Centre for an interview about the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill, on May 2, 2019. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

A minister who acts against false or misleading information on the Internet under the proposed fake news law will have to give his reasons as to why the information is false, said Minister for Home Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam.

This will be spelt out in the subsidiary legislation of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act, and is something the Government had intended to do all along, 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 spells out how law on fake news will work'. Print Edition | Subscribe