Singapur aprueba la ley de" noticias falsas" a pesar de las feroces críticas

SINGAPORE: Singapore The Parliament Of ' S Approved Laws To Combat False News That Will Allow Authorities To Order The Removal Of Content Despite The Fierce Criticism Of Technology Giants, Media And Rights Groups.

Government Ministers Are Given Power To Order Social Network Sites Like Twitter And Post Warnings Along With Publications That Authorities Believe False And, In Extreme Cases, Eliminate.

If an action is judged to be malicious and damaging to Singapore 's interests, companies could be hit with fines of up to Singaore dollars 1 million ($735,000) . Individuals could face jail terms of up to 10 years .

The Authorities In The Country Strongly Controlled, Criticized For A Long Time For Restricting Civil Liberties, Insist That The Measures Are Necessary To Stop The Flow Of Falsehoods That Could Sow Divisions In Society And Erode Trust In The Institutions.

But Laws Have Caused Indignation Of Rights Groups, Who Fear They Can Stifle Online Debate, Technology Companies With Important Bases In The Financial Center And Journalists ' Organizations

The legislation "gives the Singapore authorities unchecked powers to clamp down on online views of which it disapproves," said Nicholas Bequelin, International Amnesty ' S Regional Director For East And Southeast Asia .

It Criminalises Free Speech And Allows The Government Almost Unfettered Power To Censor Dissent. It Doesn ' T Even Provide Any Real Definition Of What Is True Or False, Even More Worrying, ' Misleading. ' The Measures Were Debated For Two Days In Parliament, Which Is Dominated By The Ruling People ' S Action Party, Before Being Passed Late Wednesday.

The City-state ' S Small Opposition Workers ' Party - With Only Six Elected Members In The 89-seat Chamber - Opposed The Measures.

The Asia Internet Coalition, An Industry Association Whose Members Include Facebook, Google And Twitter, You Have Described It As The" Most Far-reaching Legislation Of Its Kind To Date" . .

But Addressing Parliament On The Issue Tuesday, Law And Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam Said That Tech Companies Could Not Be Relied Upon To Regulate Themselves.

This Is Serious Business. Tech Companies Will Say Many Things To Try And Advocate Their Position, I Said We Have To Show Them We Are Fair, But Also Firm.

The Government Stresses The Laws Target False Statements, Not Opinions, And That Ordering Corrections To Be Placed Alongside Falsehoods Will Be The Primary Response Rather Than Ends Or Jail Terms.

Any Government Decision Can Be Appealed To The Courts - Although Critics Say There Are Few People Who Would Have The Resources Or Will To Take On The Authorities.

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