Singapore is facing the first court challenge against the controversial fake news law that came into force last year [Wallace Woon/EPA]

An opposition party in Singapore has mounted the first legal challenge against an online misinformation law that activists say is being used to silence criticism of the government ahead of elections.

The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) came into force in October and gives the government the power to order corrections be placed next to posts it decides are false.

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Since the law came into force in October, several opposition figures and activists have been ordered to place a banner next to their online posts stating that they contain false information.

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), one of

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