31 Mar '18, 10am

The Washington Post Editorial: Malaysia’s Fake News Bill is Censorship https://t.co/eldocd6e7f

The Washington Post Editorial: Malaysia’s Fake News Bill is Censorship https://t.co/eldocd6e7f

At the heart of the problem is a broad definition of what constitutes fake news and who an offender could be. The bill defines fake news as “news, information, data and reports which is or are wholly or partly false,” and an offender as somebody who by any means “knowingly creates, offers, publishes, prints, distributes, circulates or disseminates any fake news or publication containing fake news.” Particularly concerning to international media is that the proposed law will also give the Malaysian government extra-territorial reach — an offender need not be either Malaysian or in Malaysia for the law to apply, as long as the fake news “concerns Malaysia or … a Malaysian citizen.” In February, de facto Law Minister Azalina Othman Said said the government is prioritizing the bill because fake news threatens national security. Azalina rejected claims the law would be another ...

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