Anti-fake news bill to be tabled today

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  • Monday, 26 Mar 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: The proposed Anti-Fake News Bill will be tabled for its first reading on Monday (March 26).

The Bill is expected to be tabled by Minister in The Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said at 11.30am.

This is according to the Dewan Rakyat order paper.

Last week, Azalina said the proposed Bill has received Cabinet's approval.

Azalina, who is the de facto law minister, reportedly said the proposed law is meant to be a preventive measure against the spread of unverified or fake news.

She said it will also identify the types of offences that can be regarded as spreading fake news.

The proposed law, said Azalina, is not meant to stop people from their right to freedom of speech as stated in the Federal Constitution.

She said she hoped that all parties would accept the Government's efforts and not indulge in polemics.

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