SINGAPORE — A new law that gives the police special powers during terrorist attacks, including widely banning journalists and members of the public from reporting on the scene, took effect in Singapore on Wednesday. Individuals who flout the new law face a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a fine of 20,000 Singapore dollars ($14,891). The ministry said the law would make the police more effective in responding to terrorist threats. During the 2008 Mumbai attacks, videos of security forces preparing to storm the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel allowed gunmen to anticipate the move, it said. Lawmakers have said the new law will be used sparingly, and that selected media outlets and journalists will be given access to the scene.
Source: National Post May 16, 2018 06:19 UTC