Fake news ordinance is bad news

The Malaysian government has boosted its legislative arsenal against so-called fake news with the introduction of the Emergency (Essential Powers) (No. 2) Ordinance 2021, ostensibly to combat false information about Covid-19 and the state of emergency currently in effect. – EPA pic, March 14, 2021.

* Commentary by Mustafa K. Anuar.

ORDINARY Malaysians will now have to tread very carefully when stating or sharing thoughts or ideas pertaining to the Covid-19 pandemic and the emergency declaration now that the Emergency (Essential Powers) (No. 2) Ordinance 2021, which is supposed to curb fake news, has taken effect.

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