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Anti-Fake News Bill Passed in Parliament, Minister Says It Won’t Restrict Freedom of Speech

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&Quot;Anti-Fake News Is Not To Restrict Freedom Of Speech,&Quot; Says Minister After Passing Of The Bill - World Of Buzz
Source: Malay Mail

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The possibility of the Anti-Fake News Bill 2018 to be approved had created quite a stir in our country and overseas. This was mainly because some, including experts, said that this Bill may be a violation of our rights (read: freedom of speech) as a citizen in a democratic country.

Nevertheless, despite the debates over this issue, the Bill was finally passed in the Dewan Rakyat, with 123 voting in favour and 64 against it, reported NST.

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For illustration purposes | source: portal rasmi parlimen malaysia

According to reports, Kapar Member of Parliament, G. Manivannan had called for the bloc voting and 10 Pas MPs were in favour of the Bill.

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Source: malay mail

Prior to the approval of the Bill, the first reading of it proposed a maximum fine of RM500,000 and/or imprisonment not exceeding 10 years upon conviction for creating or spreading fake news. However, after that, several amendments were made to it, which are:

  • Reducing jail time for creating and spreading fake news from 10 years to six years
  • Replacing the word “knowingly” to “maliciously”

Only after that, the bill was reproduced in the Dewan Negara and approved by MPs in the parliament through a voting system.

On the other hand, Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said that during the heated debate on the issue, many opposition’s MPs have misguided the public and also refused to listen to explanations given by the government through various mediums.

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“I would like to stress this law is not intended to restrict the freedom of speech, but to restrict the dissemination of fake news, as clearly mentioned in the explanatory statement of the Bill.”

“I was disappointed that the opposition MPs wasted the time given to debate on the Bill and belittled the government’s effort to introduce the law.”

“Just like the Malay proverb ‘siapa yang makan cili, dia terasa pedasnya‘, only those who spread fake news or intend to spread fake news, will be affected,” said Azalina.

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Azalina further added that the Bill was briefed to both Barisan Nasional and the opposition MPs before the debate began.

“These included claims that the Bill was meant to restrict freedom of speech; that the government is rushing to introduce the law; that the Bill is draconian and meant to prepare for the general election; redundancy of law; fake news definition; draconian punishment; who defines fake news and selective prosecution,” she explained.

&Quot;Anti-Fake News Is Not To Restrict Freedom Of Speech,&Quot; Says Minister After Passing Of The Bill - World Of Buzz 1

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Therefore, it will only apply to people who, by any means, creates, offers, publishes, prints, distributes, circulates or disseminates any fake news or publication containing fake news, where they would then be liable to punishment.

So, if you’re not guilty of all these things mentioned above, then you needn’t worry much! 

With that said, it’s high time we take extra caution before the forwarding any chain news or even sharing news on our social media pages. To be on the safe side, we’d suggest always checking your sources to ensure they’re valid and credible before simply sharing them.

Remember to stay responsible online, guys! 

 

Also read: No More Comedy & Satire if Anti-Fake News Law is Approved, Says M’sian Lawyers

Proposed Anti-Fake News Law Could &Quot;Kill Comedy &Amp; Satire&Quot;, According To Lawyers - World Of Buzz 6


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