Experts welcome laws to give faster relief to victims of falsehoods

Graphics on the fake news issue in the underground pavement leading to the Esplanade last year. Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam said leaving falsehoods to spread will crowd out legitimate debate.
Graphics on the fake news issue in the underground pavement leading to the Esplanade last year. Changes spelt out in the Protection from Harassment (Amendment) Bill earlier this month were welcomed by lawyers and experts. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

But relief may not be long-lasting, court orders can be contested

Fake news has made some companies lose business, jeopardised relationships and even put some in harm's way.

These victims of falsehood could soon get faster relief, with the proposed expansion of the courts' powers to order publishers, Internet platforms and third parties to rectify untruths by taking them down, issuing corrections or disabling access to the false statements.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 14, 2019, with the headline 'Experts welcome laws to give faster relief to victims of falsehoods'. Print Edition | Subscribe