Select Committee on deliberate online falsehoods publishes 167 written representations

Select Committee on deliberate online falsehoods publishes 167 written representations

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Members of the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods during Day 2 of public hearings on Mar 15, 2018. (Photo: MCI)

SINGAPORE: The Select Committee set up to look into the problem of deliberate online falsehoods has accepted and published 167 written representations on its website, the Office of the Clerk of Parliament announced on Monday (Apr 9). 

These included late representations which were submitted up to Mar 22 and the representations of witnesses who gave oral evidence, which have already been published.

Three written representations were not published, a Parliament spokesman confirmed on Tuesday.

The unpublished representations were by Dr Damien Cheong and Dr Gulizar Haciyakupoglu, both research fellows with the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and Mr Alex Tan, the founder of the States Times Review website.

“The Select Committee decided not to publish the written representations by Dr Damien Cheong and Dr Gulizar Haciyakupoglu, as they concerned matters of national security and international relations. Their oral evidence was likewise heard in private sessions," the spokesman said.

Mr Tan's written representation was not published as "it was not made in good faith and should not, as a matter of principle, be protected by parliamentary privilege, which parliamentary publication will confer", he said. 

"In any event, we understand that Mr Tan has already published his written representation."

The Select Committee will resume its work after Parliament reconvenes. 

The Office of the Clerk of Parliament said the committee will consider the views put forth in all the written representations, as well as the oral evidence it has heard during the eight sessions over three weeks in March

The hearings saw 65 individuals and organisations from diverse backgrounds appearing before the 10-member parliamentary committee to present their views. 

The participants included representatives from media companies and technology firms, members of civil society groups, local and overseas academics, as well as students. 

In its statement on Monday, the Office of the Clerk of Parliament said the views represent a cross‐section of the different stakeholders and perspectives in the written representations.

Source: CNA/am