Not a tool to silence government critics
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.