Monday, 26 March 2018

Malaysia's government proposed 10 year-jail terms for 'fake news'



Malaysia's government has proposed new legislation to combat "fake news", with offenders facing up to 10 years in prison.

 
Under the Anti-Fake News Bill, those convicted of disseminating false content would be jailed or fined up to RM500,000 ($128,000; £90,400), or both.


The bill was tabled in parliament on Monday, ahead of a national election that is expected within weeks.


Critics have called the bill an attempt by the authorities to stifle dissent.


According to the bill, the term "fake news" is defined as "news, information, data and reports which is or are wholly or partly false".
An offender would be anyone who "by any means, knowingly creates, offers, publishes, prints, distributes, circulates or disseminates any fake news or publication containing fake news".


Blogs, public forums and social media accounts are also covered by the bill.


It applies to anyone inside or outside Malaysia, as long as the "fake news" published concerns the country or those in it, which means foreigners can technically be sentenced in absentia.




BBC      News.