Select Committee on deliberate online falsehoods receives 164 submissions

The Select Committee looking into deliberate online falsehoods has received submissions from a total of 164 individuals and organisations.
The Select Committee looking into deliberate online falsehoods has received submissions from a total of 164 individuals and organisations. PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - A total of 164 individuals and organisations have written to the Select Committee looking into deliberate online falsehoods, the highest number of submissions received by a Select Committee.

Among those who made submissions are media organisations, technology companies, foreign and local academics and experts, commentators, as well as members of the public, said the Office of the Clerk of Parliament in a statement on Friday (March 9).

The written representations were made over the course of seven weeks, with the submission period ending on Wednesday after the committee extended its deadline by a week.

The previous record of 99 submissions was held by the 1988 Select Committee on the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill.

From next Wednesday, the committee will hold public hearings in Parliament.

It has invited 79 individuals and organisations to the hearings to date.

"These individuals and organisations were selected to represent a cross-section of different stakeholder groups, or because their written representations require further clarification," said the statement.

 

The committee was set up in January to recommend how Singapore can tackle online falsehoods, which can range from fake news for commercial purposes to sophisticated state-sponsored disinformation campaigns with political aims.

 

It is chaired by Deputy Speaker Charles Chong, and comprises nine other members: Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam; Social and Family Development Minister Desmond Lee; Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information and Education Janil Puthucheary; People's Action Party MPs Seah Kian Peng, Rahayu Mahzam, Sun Xueling and Edwin Tong; Workers' Party MP Pritam Singh and Nominated MP Chia Yong Yong.

More information on the written representations received and the public hearings will be made available on the Select Committee's website at www.parliament.gov.sg/sconlinefalsehoods