News analysis

With fake news law passed, all eyes now on how it is used

Onus on the authorities to show law will be applied judiciously, not to criticisms or views

After a marathon two-day debate that spanned 14 hours, Parliament passed into law late on Wednesday night a contentious Bill aimed at combating online falsehoods.

The outcome was expected, given the People's Action Party's (PAP) majority in the House. But the new law drew one of the fiercest debates in recent memory. All nine Workers' Party (WP) MPs roundly criticised the proposals, and their criticisms drew strong rebuttals from PAP MPs and office-holders.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 10, 2019, with the headline 'With fake news law passed, all eyes now on how it is used'. Subscribe