Anti-Fake News Bill to be tabled next week following Cabinet approval

PUTRAJAYA: The proposed Anti-Fake News Bill has received Cabinet approval and will be tabled in Parliament next week, says Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said that a briefing would be held for Barisan Nasional and Opposition lawmakers on the matter.

Azalina, who is the de facto law minister, said the proposed law is meant to be a preventive measure against the spread of unverified or fake news.

“It will also identify the types of offences that can be regarded as spreading fake news,” she said in a statement on Wednesday.

 Azalina added that the Bill was drawn up in the interests of the people in order to protect them from being misinformed and being flooded with unverified news.

“The proposed law is not meant to stop them from their right to freedom of speech as stated in the Federal Constitution,” she said.

She said she hoped that all parties would accept the Government’s efforts and not indulge in polemics.

“The Bill will send a clear message that the Government will not compromise on any matter detrimental to the nation’s security and public order,” she said.