Malaysia Unveils Misinformation Law
Malaysia’s government introduced a law Thursday that punishes spreading coronavirus misinformation with jail time and hefty fines, sparking fury at what critics labelled an “appalling” attack on free speech.
(The News.com) – The shock move comes amid growing concerns about worsening freedom of expression in Malaysia since a scandal-plagued administration seized power last year.
The emergency ordinance comes into effect Friday, and does not need parliamentary approval as the country is currently under a state of emergency to fight the virus.
Those found guilty of funding acts of publishing misinformation face a jail term of up to six years and a RM500,000 (US$121,624) fine, according to a copy of the law.