New Malaysian government repeals law banning 'fake news' - Press Gazette

New Malaysian government repeals law banning 'fake news'

Malaysia’s new government has repealed a widely criticised law prohibiting “fake news”, in a move hailed as a landmark moment for human rights by a group of south-east Asian politicians.

The bill was passed in April under former Prime Minister Najib Razak (pictured) despite concerns that it would be used to silence dissent ahead of a 9 May general election.

Najib’s long-ruling coalition was ousted in the polls, ushering in the country’s first transition of power since independence from Britain in 1957.

After an intense six-hour debate in parliament and protest by MPs in Najib’s party, the law was repealed on Thursday with a simple voice vote.

Picture: Reuters/Lai Seng Sin



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1 thought on “New Malaysian government repeals law banning 'fake news'”

  1. One wonders what the real motive is as the ruling coalition is dominated by US government fronts. The extent of US interference bodes ill for press freedom in Malaysia.

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