Fake news law death knell for freedom of speech, say rights groups


Bede Hong

Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen says the 'extremely open-ended' bill raises serious questions on how the implementing authorities such as the police, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, and the Attorney-General’s Chambers will decide what amounts to true or false news.. – Facebook pic, March 26, 2018.

LAWYERS, activists and a satirist voiced “extreme concern” over today’s tabling of Anti-Fake News Bill 2018, saying it will signal the end of freedom of expression in Malaysia. 

“The bill has far reaching implications for democracy and human rights, and should it be passed, will be the death knell for the freedoms of speech and the press in Malaysia,” said Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen


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  • It may put a brake on some kinds of bad-mouthing?..

    Posted 3 years ago by MELVILLE JAYATHISSA