The government is mulling enacting a new anti-fake news law.

Free Malaysia Today (FMT) reported de facto law minister Takiyuddin Hassan telling parliament in a written reply today that this was important to counter the "seditious and fake news threats" faced by the country, especially against the royalty.

"It is undeniable that fake news is a threat (including) spreading untruths and being used as a medium to spread seditious material which, at times, have offended the Malay rulers.

"We will continue to monitor fake news and engage stakeholders to find effective measures, including enacting a new (anti-fake news) kawm if necessary," Takiyuddin reportedly said.

Currently, seditious and fake news are being dealt with under existing laws.

Previously, an anti-fake news law was in place during the tenure of former premier Najib Razak. The law, which carried among others, a fine up to RM500,000 or six years in jail upon conviction, was repealed when Pakatan Harapan came to power in 2018.

Source: FMT
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