Select Committee on fake news to hold public hearings from March 14

The Select Committee tackling the threat of fake news will be chaired by Charles Chong (top row, centre) and consists of (clockwise from top left) Chia Yong Yong, K. Shanmugam, Desmond Lee, Pritam Singh, Rahayu Mahzam, Seah Kian Peng, Janil Puthucheary, Sun Xueling and Edwin Tong. PHOTOS: ST FILE, GOV.SG, LIN ZHAOWEI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES, LIANHE ZAOBAO, UNITY HEALTH SEMINAR WITH LIANHE WANBAO

SINGAPORE - The Select Committee looking into online falsehoods will hold public hearings to consider oral evidence presented by experts, industry stakeholders and the public over the next three weeks, starting next Wednesday (March 14).

In a statement on Monday, the committee said that the following dates have been set aside for the public hearing: March 14 to 16, March 22 to 23 and March 27 to 29.

The statement added that as the hearings progress, the committee will further decide whether all the dates are needed.

The hearings - open to the public and the media - will take place at the Parliament House's Public Hearing Room.

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

The public is invited to write to the committee on the causes and consequences of fake news and suggest countermeasures against the threat.

Those interested to make written representations can do so by 4.30pm on Wednesday.

More details on the written representations, as well as the individuals and organisations who will be giving oral evidence at the public hearings, will be made available after the committee meets again on Friday, the statement said.

As of 4.30pm on Feb 27, the committee has received 62 submissions.

In comparison, the 1988 Select Committee on the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill received 99 submissions from the public, the highest on record.

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