Democracy Classroom on Fake News
The Problem of Fake News in Singapore
…“fake news” has been weaponised by governments themselves…
Expanding the Government’s Toolbox
When people do not trust the mainstream media outlets, when people dismiss the government’s public statements – from that of ministries to the Police Force, when people think evidence of foreign bots are a state conspiracy, when people perceive laws against fake news as an attempt by the government to restrict free speech or fix the opposition, fake news wins.
What is our best defence?
It is not an instinctive, knee-jerk retreat to illiberal and authoritative heavy-handedness, but our resilience as a civic community and our commitment to democratic values that would best safeguard Singapore.
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