Malaysian group sues Singapore minister over ‘fake news’ order

UALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A Malaysian rights group filed a suit in a domestic court against a Singapore minister on Friday, seeking to challenge his order to attach a correction to an article on its blog that accused the city-state of illegal execution practices. In their suit, the Malaysian lawyers say Shanmugam’s directive cannot be carried out because it oversteps Singapore’s jurisdiction. In a statement on Thursday, Singapore’s communication and information ministry said it had blocked access to the rights group’s website after it refused to comply with the directive. The Singapore “fake news” law, seen as one of the most far-reaching measures of its kind, took effect in October amid concern among rights groups and opposition politicians that it could be used to silence government criticism. (Reporting by Joseph Sipalan in Kuala Lumpur; Additional reporting by Aradhana Aravindan in Singapore; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)Likes

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