Singapore’s controversial ‘fake news’ law comes into effect as election looms

Singapore on Wednesday introduced a law against “fake news” which rights groups warned may stifle free speech and opposition politicians have said could give the government too much power as elections loom.The “Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act” was passed in May after just two days of debate in a legislature heavily dominated by the ruling party. The law stipulates any government minister has the prerogative to decide what constitutes a “false statement of fact” and…