Singapore’s opposition says that a recent law designed to crack down on fake news is actually just a tool of censorship, but the government says it is necessary to curb the spread of disinformation. For this week’s interview on Trend Lines, WPR’s Elliot Waldman discusses this issue with Cherian George.
Press Freedom and Safety
Last month, El Nuevo Diario, Nicaragua’s second-largest newspaper by circulation, announced that it would shut down after months of pressure from the government. The closure of the paper, which had been critical of President Daniel Ortega, is only part of a broader campaign to suppress dissent.
In August, the Uganda Communications Commission announced that social media “influencers” must pay a fee and register to be monitored by the state regulator. Critics of President Yoweri Museveni see it as another blow to freedom of expression in Uganda and the latest restriction on digital rights.