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    New Singapore anti-terror law can order media blackout

    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.

    The law gives police the power to block all communications on-site, ranging from photos to videos, text, and audio messages, for up to a month if authorities feel security could be compromised.

    The Ministry of Home Affairs, which drafted the law, said Tuesday that the country faces a ‘‘clear and present terrorism threat, posed by home-grown radicalized individuals and foreign terrorists.’’


    Individuals who flout the new law face a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a fine of about $15,000.

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    The ministry said the law would make the police more effective in responding to terrorist threats.

    It cited previous attacks in Mumbai and Paris, where live broadcasts allegedly allowed terrorists to anticipate the next move of security forces.

    associated press