KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 — The government has yet to decide where the special committee, formed to draft laws to curb fake news, should be placed under.
Speaking to reporters here, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said that the Cabinet Committee has yet to decide on the matter, adding that it would not be a problem regardless of which agency it is placed under.
Azalina met with several civil societies today, to discuss on the content of the proposed fake news law, expected to be tabled to the Cabinet after the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Azalina said concerns from the civil societies were mainly regarding the government’s definition of fake news.
“Of course the consistent statement is the definition of fake news — that I get from a lot from parties,” she said, adding that there was a general consensus that a fake news law is pertinent.
Azalina said though there are already several laws which address malicious content they are inadequate..
She pointed to the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA) 1984, Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Act (MCMC) 1998,and the Sedition Act 1964 and explained that there was a "lot of things that define fake news."
Azalina said that the government would also be discussing imposing strict liabilities when dealing with those who spread or create fake news.
She added that the Act has been drafted and it’s up to the Cabinet to evaluate and see how it can best serve the country.
Earlier she has said she hoped the new law could be introduced at the upcoming Parliament meeting on March 5.
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