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Proposed New Law On Fake News Will Complement Existing Ones - Azalina

Filepic: Bernama RadioFilepic: Bernama RadioKUALA LUMPUR: The proposed new law aimed at curbing the spread of fake news will complement the existing ones in relation to offences committed in more holistic and effective way, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.

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

She said any proposed new law drafted by the government and then subsequently passed by Parliament was based on particular purposes or the government policy.

“In this case, the issue of the spreading 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 today.

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