Jail, RM100,000 fine for those who spread fake news on Covid-19, Emergency from Friday (March 12)

PETALING JAYA: Beginning Friday (March 12), those who create, publish or disseminate fake news relating to Covid-19 or the Emergency proclamation could face a fine, jail term or both, according to the Federal Government Gazette.

According to the new Emergency (Essential Powers) (No. 2) Ordinance 2021 published on Thursday (March 11), those who spread fake news "by any means, with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause fear or alarm to the public" could face a fine not exceeding RM100,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or both, if found guilty.

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