Draft of law to curb ‘fake news’ for tabling to cabinet after CNY – Azalina

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Kuala Lumpur
– The draft on the law to curb false news is expected to be tabled to the cabinet after the Chinese New Year (CNY) , said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.

She said through series of discussions held with interested parties, among matters highlighted were on the definition of false news, the agency that would be responsible to evaluate false or true news, as well as on the need to evaluate whether a comment is general comment or with malicious intent.

“We have already drafted the act and its up to the cabinet to evaluate the law that they wanted in our country.

“This is all for the benefit of all, including people who are popular, not for the benefit of the government leadership. So, it has to be discussed with an open mind,” she told a media conference after opening a seminar and special discussion on the direction of the National Legal Aid Foundation (YBGK) here today.

Earlier, she chaired the the third meeting of the Special Committee on the Proposed Law to Curb False News, which was also attended by representatives from non-governmental organisations, the media local community leaders and law agencies.

Last January, Azalina said that the government would form a special committee to study the formulation of a law to curb false news in the country. – Bernama