Azalina: Proposed fake news law will complement existing ones

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KUALA LUMPUR: The new proposed law to curb the spread of fake news will complement existing ones in relation to offences committed in a more holistic and effective way, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said.

She said the government had taken the necessary steps to ensure that the proposed law would not contradict existing ones.

Azalina said any proposed law drafted by the government and passed by Parliament was based on particular purposes or government policy.

“In this case, the issue of the spread of fake news is a problem faced globally, following the rapidly growing communication technology revolution.

“Hence, there is a need to update and improve the existing laws according to the current technology and mass media development,” she said in a written reply at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

She was responding to a question from Gobind Singh Deo (DAP-Puchong) who wanted to know the goal of the fake news law as there were already existing laws such as the Defamation Act 1957, the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and legislation on criminal defamation in the Penal Code.

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