Ashok Kumar Mirpuri is Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States. (August 2019)


Singapore’s ‘Fake News’ Law: An Exchange

Visitors at the Merlion park, Singapore, August 13, 2019

Ambassador Mirpuri: Singapore’s deep concern about online falsehoods is shared with many countries around the world. Some have taken measures that are more sweeping than Singapore’s. But our law is not meant as a model for the rest of the world. Salil Tripathi: Nobody who wishes well for Singapore would want the city or its people to be harmed. But fake news is a nebulous term. There will be genuine curiosity among governments around the world about how Singapore implements POFMA, because Singapore’s efficient use of laws is a matter of significant interest among many countries that would indeed like to replicate the Singapore model.