First read Law Minister Azalina Othman:
“Parliament has the power to monitor freedom of speech in the interest of public order, national security, morality or to provide against defamation or incitement to any offence. Freedom of speech is not absolute freedom of speech.
“Anyone who feels they have been victimised by fake news can use this new law to challenge the responsible party in court,” she said in the winding up speech at the policy stage in Parliament, today
She said the Bill is exclusive in nature to curb the spread of fake news, as existing laws cannot control the issue as effectively and swiftly in accordance with the current technological developments
Azalina said some new elements introduced in the Bill includes extraterritorial application, clear definition, explanations or illustrations, offences in relations to financial assistance and interim measures.
And now read Sarawak Report: