15 May '18, 2am

Concerns over Malaysian PM Mahathir's backtrack on anti-fake news laws

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's new prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, has drawn flak from journalist groups - as well as contradictory statements from within his own coalition - after saying he would only review and not revoke an anti-fake news law . Prior to the May 9 general election, Mahathir said the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition would repeal the Anti-Fake News Act 2018 and other "oppressive" laws in the event of a PH win at the polls. Advertisement Since PH's shock victory, however, Mahathir has seemingly changed his stance about the act he is being investigated under himself. "Even though we support freedom of press and freedom of speech, there are limits," he said in a live telecast on public broadcaster RTM on Sunday. "The fake news law will be given a new definition so that the public and media outlets will know what is fake news and what is not fake." At the time of th...

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