Malaysia’s new PM assures press freedom, but with limits

THE newly-elected Malaysian government says it would not restrict press freedom or take action against any inaccurate news reports unless it is a threat to national security.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said on Sunday that the anti-fake news law brought by the previous administration will be given “proper” definition, making it clear to the media and the public what is fake.

“In the previous regime, we felt restricted. There were pro-this or pro-that newspapers, but we will not block their reports so long as it brings (a good) purpose,” Dr. Mahathir said during a briefing session with state news media outlets RTM and Bernama.

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“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,” Mahathir said.

Dr Mahathir said although the new government supports the freedom of the press, reporting by…

Original published: 2018-05-14 10:08:39 Read the full Bangkok News here


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