Malaysia proposes jail for up to 10 years, fines for ‘fake news’

Malaysia proposes jail for up to 10 years, fines for ‘fake news’, by Reuters.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government tabled a bill in parliament on Monday outlawing “fake news”, with hefty fines [up to US$128k] and up to 10 years in jail, raising more concern about media freedom in the wake of a multi-billion dollar graft scandal. …

The government defined fake news as “news, information, data and reports which is or are wholly or partly false” and included features, visuals and audio recordings. …

Governments elsewhere in Southeast Asia, including Singapore and the Philippines, have also proposed laws aimed at clamping down on the spread of “fake news”, to the dismay of media rights advocates.

The new censorship. The government gets to say what is true, and not a contrary word will be heard.