June 25, 2021
The Future of Asia’s Battle Against Online Misinformation
By Jeff Paine
Blunt “fake news” legislation is open to easy abuse. There are other good options for tackling the complex problem of misinformation.
June 16, 2021
Amid COVID-19, Fake News Crackdowns Do Damage Across Southeast Asia
By Karen Lee and Andreyka Natalegawa
Multiple governments in the region have used misinformation laws to suppress critical reporting on COVID-19.
October 24, 2020
Are We Fighting the Last Infowar?
By Jacob Parakilas
A narrow focus on the style of disinformation used in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign risks overlooking other potential threats.
September 30, 2020
Philippine President Targets Facebook for Taking Down Fake Accounts
By Sebastian Strangio
After cannily manipulating Facebook in his campaign for the presidency, Rodrigo Duterte is intimating that he might shut the social network down.
September 15, 2020
Kazakh Activist’s ‘Fake News’ Conviction Upheld
By Catherine Putz
What concerns the Kazakh government isn’t “fake news” but its own fear that incompetence, pointed out, will undermine the current power structures.
June 26, 2020
Central Asian States Take on ‘False Information’
By Catherine Putz
Laws put in place to support the fight against COVID-19 by targeting false information are easily abused to crack down on negative opinions and dissent.
January 31, 2020
New Test for Singapore’s Fake News Law
By Erin Cook
A Malaysian NGO is challenging Singapore's claim to enforce its definition of “fake news” abroad.
October 01, 2019
Singapore’s Foreign Interference Challenge in the Spotlight
By Prashanth Parameswaran
The country continues to mull ways to counter a challenge that has been receiving wider international attention over the past few years.
September 07, 2019
Taiwan President Sues Scholars for Alleging Her Doctorate Degree is Fake
By Nick Aspinwall
Tsai Ing-wen is taking legal action against unsubstantiated questioning of the veracity of her diploma as she heads into her bid for re-election.
August 07, 2019
The Problem With Sri Lanka’s New ‘False News’ Law
By Rehab Mahamoor
Sri Lanka doesn’t need more laws. It needs to use the laws currently on its books responsibly.
January 12, 2019
No Silver Bullet for Fake News in a New Malaysia
By Harris Zainul
The Anti-Fake News Act (AFNA) 2018 should be repealed, but Malaysia’s leaders need to work on a suitable replacement.
September 24, 2018
Duterte’s Media War in the Philippines
By Luke Hunt
The lack of justice in the Maguindanao Massacre underscores Duterte's contempt for journalists.