Fake news can be curbed with existing laws after annulment of EO, says Annuar Musa

KUALA LUMPUR: The spread of fake news will be controlled with existing laws after the annulment of the Emergency Ordinances (EO), says Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

The Communications and Multimedia Minister said the spread of fake news can still be curbed with the Penal Code, the Communications and Multimedia Act as well as the Sedition Act, among others.

"The annulment of the EO will not impede ongoing investigations and court proceedings," he said while winding up for his ministry on the motion to annul the EO in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday (Oct 25).

When the EO was enforced between March 12 and Oct 21, a total of 21 investigation papers were opened related to the spread of fake news, he said.

"A total of 26 cases have been completed, 15 have been charged in court and 14 were classified as No Further Action," he said.

Four other cases are still under investigation, he added.

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