KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Negara today passed the Anti-Fake News Bill 2018 which represents a serious move by the government to check the dissemination of fake news brought on by the development of modern technology. Dewan Negara president Tan Sri S. A. Vigneswaran announced that the bill was passed by a majority voice vote after 17 senators spoke during the debate on it. Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, who tabled the bill earlier today, said during the winding-up of the debate that the government's move to introduce the law would not restrict freedom of speech as it was only aimed at checking the dissemination of fake news. She said that despite the existence of several relevant laws, it had been difficult to effectively and swiftly control the dissemination of fake news until today due to the rapid and complex development of information technology. "The laws often cited in this matter, such as the Penal Code, Printing Presses and Publications … [Read more...] about Dewan Negara passes Anti-Fake News Bill 2018 (Updated)
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Anti-Fake News Bill was passed in the Dewan Rakyat by a bloc votes of 123:64 today amidst strong objections against it. Minister in Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said the Bill is not to restrict freedom of speech but to restrict the dissemination of fake news. Saying the Opposition's objection showed that they have intention to spread fake news, she added that only those who spread fake news will fear this law. The Bill brings a maximum RM500,000 fine or a maximum of six years imprisonment or both for anyone who creates or maliciously publishes or spreads fake news. A 10-year jail term was initially proposed but it was later amended to six years. It will empower the government to bring to book any person regardless of nationality or citizenship, in any place outside Malaysia, if the fake news concerns Malaysia or its citizen. The Bill states that "fake news" includes any news, information, data and reports, which is or are wholly or partly … [Read more...] about Anti-Fake News Bill was passed
PETALING JAYA: The Anti-Fake News Bill's approach to dealing with allegations of fake news has a potential impact on journalists as a whole, according to the National Union of Journalists Peninsular Malaysia (NUJ) general secretary Chin Sung Chew. He said the Bill has wide reaching implications to the industry due to the heavy penalties imposed on sources, publishers and funders, plus its capacity to force media organisations to remove articles through ex-parte applications. "Though the target of the Bill is those who create fake news, media organisations would also likely be stifled. "Clause 8(3) states a removal order by the government against a publication that is possibly prejudicial to public order or national security cannot be applied to be set aside. "We are gravely concerned in allowing one party to have unquestionable power to remove articles it disagrees with could be easily abused," Chin said in a statement today. PKR MP N Surendran said the law is itself a "fake law", and … [Read more...] about Critics react to the Anti-Fake News Bill
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government has tabled an Anti-Fake News Bill to counter fake news in parliament which critics including the opposition fear will be used to crackdown on dissent ahead of looming polls."As the technology advances with time, the dissemination of fake news becomes a global concern and more serious that it affects the public," the Bill reads."The proposed Act seeks to safeguard the public against the proliferation of fake news whilst ensuring the right to freedom of speech and expression under the Federal Constitution is respected."If this Bill passes, those found guilty of creating, publishing or disseminating fake news could face up to 10 years in jail and or a fine of up to RM500,000 (US$127,960). A further fine not exceeding RM3,000 will be imposed for every day that the offence continues after conviction.Examples of fake news offences listed in the Bill include giving a speech at a public place alleging that someone misappropriated funds … [Read more...] about Malaysia tables fake news Bill, moots dealing with offences outside the country
Cabinet has approved a new bill against widespread of fake news. The anti-fake news bill is expected to pass in the last session of parliament sitting. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman is expected to table the new bill in parliament next Monday. A source told Sin Chew Daily that the cabinet has discussed the bill for many times due to prevalence of fake news. In order to protect people from continuing to be deceived, the government is drafting new law to curb widespread of fake news and rumours on social media. Sources said according to the new bill, fake news is defined as untrue news and non-existence. “Fake news is getting out of control and more people are victims of fake news. Some also make use of loopholes in law to deceive people online.” It is learned that the new bill is targeting at social media. The sitting of lower house or known as Dewan Rakyat is scheduled from 5 March to 5 April while upper house or senate 26 … [Read more...] about Anti-fake news bill to be tabled in parliament next week.