Fake news still a crime in Malaysia

Repressive law: The advertisements discouraging the dissemination of fake news may be long gone but the Anti Fake News Act is still in effect with Dewan Negara’s rejection of its repeal. — Reuters

EARLIER this month, Dewan Negara voted 28 against 21 to reject the repeal of the Anti-Fake News Act (AFNA). Twenty-eight senators from Barisan Nasional and PAS defended the law and said instead of a repeal, the government should have proposed amendments. The repeal bill will now return to the Dewan Rakyat for re-tabling.

Until then, and unless the Pakatan Harapan government introduces a moratorium on the law, “knowingly” creating and spreading “fake news” will still be a crime in Malaysia. There is nothing to stop anyone from filing complaints under the law. Targets of these complaints could include the same political parties that obstructed the repeal of what is fundamentally a problematic piece of legislation.

Article type: metered
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Opinion , Politics , anti-fake news act


Next In Nation

King, Queen extend condolences to family of former two-time S'wak governor Premium
Cops nab 24 illegals at Pasir Mas homestay after 'agents' arrested earlier Premium
11-vehicle pile-up causes 20km jam on KL-Karak Highway Premium
Johor polls: Pontian MCA chief says Johor like a caged tiger, election can set it free to realise its potential Premium
MMEA nabs tanker illegally anchoring in M'sian waters Premium
Johor polls: Muda launches fundraising effort to contest state election Premium
Johor polls: BN appoints Tok Mat election director, Hasni is chief coordinator Premium
Johor polls: Snap state election nothing to do with 'court cluster', says Umno veep Premium
PM extends condolences to family of ex-Sarawak governor Salahuddin Premium
Covid-19: Half of Malaysia's adult population has received booster dose as of Friday (Jan 28) Premium

Others Also Read