Land­mark fake news pub­lic hear­ings

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SIN­GA­PORE: Sin­ga­pore yes­ter­day be­gan a pub­lic hear­ing on how to tackle the threat of fake news, with speak­ers sug­gest­ing mea­sures rang­ing from block­ing web­sites to bal­anc­ing the in­ter­ests of na­tional se­cu­rity and free speech. The city state is among the coun­tries look­ing to in­tro­duce leg­is­la­tion to rein in fake news, a trend that has stirred con­cern that such laws could be used to ex­ert gov­ern­ment con­trol over me­dia. Many of the ex­am­ples of fake news cited in a Sin­ga­pore gov­ern­ment pa­per on de­lib­er­ate on­line false­hoods pub­lished in Jan­uary came from abroad. – Reuters

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