“O Say Can You See…”: The Court of Appeal Sings a Different Tune with the First Amendment - The Online Citizen V Attorney-General

11 Pages Posted: 25 Jul 2022

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David Tan

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: March 2022

Abstract

Constitutional law scholars in Singapore often wait for years in eager anticipation of a landmark decision from the Court of Appeal concerning the ambit of fundamental rights guaranteed in the Singapore Constitution. Unlike other areas of law, for instance tort law, there have been few such iconic decisions over the last couple of decades. On 8 October 2021, in The Online Citizen v The Attorney-General, a five-member full bench of the Singapore Court of Appeal, handed down a joint unanimous decision on whether the correction directions issued by the Minister of Home Affairs against allegedly false statements of fact under the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act 2019 impermissibly restricted freedom of speech under Article 14 of the Singapore Constitution and were unconstitutional.

Suggested Citation

Tan, David, “O Say Can You See…”: The Court of Appeal Sings a Different Tune with the First Amendment - The Online Citizen V Attorney-General (March 2022). Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, Mar 2022, pp 155-165, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4169491

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