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South Korea Ruling Party Nears Passing ‘Fake News’ Bill

  • The bill includes financial penalties against media outlets
  • International media groups call for the bill to be withdrawn
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South Korea’s ruling party is set to push through a bill stepping up penalties for “fake news,” with international media groups arguing the measure could hamper press freedoms and opposition lawmakers saying it’s intended to silence critics.

President Moon Jae-in’s progressive Democratic Party used its supermajority in parliament Wednesday to move out of committee the bill to revise the Press Arbitration Act, setting it up a full vote in a plenary session as early as this week.