Unable to stop Singaporeans from reading articles from Singapore Herald, Singapore’s Minister of Communications and Information, S. Iswaran, yesterday (Mar 11) noted that stricter censorship laws is still insufficient:
“Laws being drawn up to counter the scourge of fake news will not be sufficient and everyone has to play their part to protect Singapore from the danger it poses.”
The propaganda minister said on top of writing new censorship laws, Singaporeans will need to be “well-informed” and be “media literate”:
“The most important line of defence is having well-informed netizens who can distinguish between real and fake information online. Even as we work towards drafting legislation to curb the spread of deliberate online falsehoods, we know that this alone will not be sufficient. Ultimately, the integrity and reliability of the Internet and social media lie in the hands of netizens. That is why the importance of strengthening Singapore’s media and digital literacy cannot be overemphasised.”
Australia-based news site Singapore Herald is currently being censored as a “fake news” by the dictatorship regime, due to its independent coverage on Singapore’s current affairs.
The leading government newspaper, Straits Times, is ranked 151st in the world for press freedom, and alongside other government news media, the government publishes fake news and half-truth propaganda to forward its agenda.
Singapore’s mainstream media is also a propaganda weapon against foreign countries like Malaysia, where Straits Times have been ramping up on articles spreading rumours of “discord” in the new Malaysian government.