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Malaysia will review the law on fake news, but will not give it up

Such a statement was made by the new Prime Minister of the country Mahathir Mohamad.

Social advertising in Kuala Lumpur, warning of the danger of fake news

The law on fake news was presented in April by the previous prime minister Najib Razak and was quickly adopted by the Malaysian parliament shortly before the parliamentary elections on May 9 this year. According to him, imprisonment for up to 6 years is provided for the creation and distribution of fake news, as well as monetary fines of up to $ 130 thousand.

According to the law, in April, a citizen of Denmark named Salah Salem Saleh Sulaiman was already judged in a video published on Youtube that accused the police of Malaysia of allegedly arriving at the site of the murder of a Palestinian lecturer 50 minutes after the call. The police claimed that their employees were at the scene of the crime in just 8 minutes. Suleiman was sentenced to a fine of 10,000 Malaysian ringgit ($ 2,552), but he preferred instead to spend a month in prison, because he could not pay.

Salah Salem Saleh Suleiman surrounded by Malaysian policemen
The law was criticized by public figures and human rights activists, who believed that it would lead to increased state censorship. Among the opponents of the law was Mahathir Mohamad (Mahathir Mohamad), during his election campaign for the post of prime minister, declared the need for its complete abolition.

For the first time in 60 years – since the country gained independence, Malaysia – in the election won by the opposition coalition led by Mohamad received 176 parliamentary seats out of 222. After defeating Mohamad told reporters that the law would be revised, but to give it up is not planned, because freedom of the press and freedom of speech should be certain “limits”.

Mahathir Mohamad is a political long-liver – he already served as prime minister of the country from 1981 to 2003. Now he is 92 years old.

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