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SPH Statement

Singapore, 20 September 2018 - The Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods has submitted a report to Parliament recommending a broad suite of measures to counter fake news.

SPH was among a total of 164 individuals and organisations who have written to the Select Committee in March 2018.  

SPH editors, including Warren Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief of SPH's English/Malay/ Tamil Media Group (EMTM) and Editor of The Straits Times; Goh Sin Teck, Editor of SPH's Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao and Mohd Saat Abdul Rahman, Editor of Berita Harian, also spoke at a public hearing before the Select Committee on 23 March, 2018.

In response to media queries, Warren Fernandez Editor-in-Chief, EMTM and Editor, The Straits Times, said: “SPH believes that good journalism, which is credible and trusted by our readers, as well as informed and media savvy citizens, are key answers to the challenge of dealing with fake news. We are glad that our proposals have been taken onboard by the committee. We stand ready to work with other media players to contribute to this wherever possible.”
Han Yong May, Editor of SPH's Chinese Newshub, said: "With the prevalence of deliberate online falsehoods, it is important for professional journalism to make the distinction between what is real and what is not. Establishing a fact-checking coalition will be helpful in raising awareness and curbing the spread of harmful falsehoods that affect our social and national interests. SPH's Chinese media platforms reach out to a broad audience, engaging them with quality content. We will continue to actively promote media literacy and public education in our reporting to debunk deliberate online falsehoods.” 

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Registration. No. 198402868E

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Chin Soo Fang

Corporate Communications & CSR Division
Singapore Press Holdings 
DID: 6319 1216


About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms. 

SPH's core business is publishing of newspapers, magazines and books in both print and digital editions. It also owns other digital products, online classifieds, radio stations and outdoormedia. 

On the property front, SPH owns 70% in a real estate investment trust called SPH REIT which comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road, The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall and The Rail Mall, a stretch of shopping and dining outlets along Upper Bukit Timah Road. SPH also owns and operates The Seletar Mall. It is developing a new commercial cum residential site at Woodleigh. It also has a stake in Chinatown Point and acquired a portfolio of Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) in the United Kingdom.

It is in the aged care sector and owns Orange Valley, Singapore’s largest private nursing home operator. 

SPH runs a regional events arm and a chain of Buzz retail outlets. It also invested in the education business.

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