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Malaysia Seeks Prison Term to Fight Fake News Ahead of Election

  • Bill proposes jail term of up to 10 years or $128,000 fine
  • Malaysia has said unverified reports on 1MDB are fake news
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Malaysia has proposed an "Anti-Fake News Bill," which puts offenders in prison for up to 10 years #tictocnews(Source: Bloomberg)

Malaysia is seeking to fight fake news with a punishment of up to 10 years in prison as it prepares for an election that must be held by August.

Those creating and distributing false information will be subject to imprisonment or up to 500,000 ringgit ($128,000) fine, or both, according to the bill submitted to parliament on Monday. The law will apply to anyone inside or outside Malaysia, regardless of nationality or citizenship, as long as the fake news concerns the country or its citizens.