In a survey of 37 countries, Singapore came in 2nd, behind Turkey, when it came to concerns about expressing political views for fear of retaliation from the government.
Low cited the provisions in the law which gives ministers far-reaching powers to determine what is online falsehood, saying it is akin to a minister who is both a player and a referee during a match.
Heng Swee Keat’s promotion has raised important questions about what sort of PM he would be and what his leadership would entail for Singapore.
Many have argued that the law could severely restrict not only freedom of the press but also freedom of speech in Singapore overall.
Ariana Grande remains the most popular artiste on Spotify in Singapore. If the government has set such a low bar for “offensive speech” then tens of thousands of Singaporeans, especially among the youth are guilty by association.
In a Facebook post, Mr. Zhong described his surprise that his “harmless” comments would warrant such a heavy handed response.
Given that Nas Daily has been outspoken in his praise for the Singapore Government, will the authorities turn a blind eye to his potential political activities and efforts to influence local politics or will they enforce the law equally?
Ms Yassin has also been outspoken in his praise for Singapore and the PAP government. Last year, Mr Yassin produced several videos on Singapore during his stopover while applying for a visa to Indonesia.
When Shanmugam says that the ban is required because ‘social harmony’ must be protected – is he really saying that if the government doesn’t ban such events, then religious conservatives have a free pass to throw tantrums, speak offensively, start riots, or find other ways to disrupt social harmony?