Jail time to be cut in Anti-Fake News Bill

 |Mar 29, 2018

PETALING JAYA: The Anti-Fake News Bill will be amended to cut the jail time from 10 years to six years.

The other big amendment is the change of the word “knowingly” to “maliciously.

The Star Online reported that the changes were made to clauses four and five of the Anti-Fake News Bill 2018

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said there was a proposal to change the word “knowingly” in clause four to “maliciously” while the originally proposed 10-year jail term will be reduced to six years.

“The amendments were made after considering the views from a few parties, including parliamentarians,” she said on her Facebook page today.

Azalina said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had agreed to these two proposed amendments.

The controversial Bill was read for the second time in the Dewan Rakyat today.

She reiterated that the Bill was not to restrict freedom of speech of the people but was to stop the spread of fake news.

“The Bill is to act as a deterrent to send a clear message to each individual to be responsible in sharing information that is true and right.”

Earlier, Azalina told the Dewan Rakyat the Bill is expected to be passed today.