Not a tool to si­lence govern­ment crit­ics

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITH­OUT BOR­DERS -

the Anti-Fake News Act, amid crit­i­cism from the Op­po­si­tion and press free­dom ad­vo­cates, with the con­tro­ver­sial law pro­vid­ing for up to six years’ jail and a RM500,000 fine.

Ah­mad Zahid, how­ever, stressed that mea­sures taken by the govern­ment to curb fake news should not be seen as a move to deny the pub­lic their free­dom to use the in­ter­net or so­cial me­dia plat­forms.

“It is the govern­ment’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to neu­tralise the dan­ger that fake news poses to the coun­try. It is not a tool to si­lence govern­ment crit­ics, nor is it meant to curb free­dom of speech and free­dom of the press,” he added.

Ah­mad Zahid said the rapid emer­gence of new tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments have posed a greater threat in the cy­ber world.

“To­day, we are liv­ing in an age of cy­ber de­pen­dency, or an era of cy­ber in­se­cu­rity.

“Cy­ber threats have in the past few years vaulted to the top of many gov­ern­ments’ list of con­cerns,” he added.


Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi dur­ing his tour at 16th De­fence Ser­vices Asia Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­fer­ence.

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