Cabinet to review ‘fake news’ law draft after CNY

azalina-othman-dewan-rakyat-parlimen-kabinetKUALA LUMPUR: The draft of the law to curb “fake news” is expected to be tabled to the cabinet after Chinese New Year (CNY), says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said.

She said following a series of discussions held with interested parties, the matters highlighted included the definition of “fake news”, the agency responsible for evaluating the veracity of news, as well as the need to evaluate whether a comment is a general comment or made with malicious intent.

“We have already drafted the act, and it’s up to the cabinet to evaluate the law that they want in our country. This is 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 here today.

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

In January, Azalina said the government would form a special committee to study the formulation of a law to curb “fake news” in the country.