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Fake News: Prevention policies by Asian Governments

Philippine President Rodrigo has lost trust in news site Rappler and barred it from covering official events.


Devdiscourse News Desk
Updated: 03-04-2018 16:48 IST
Fake News: Prevention policies by Asian Governments

Thailand already has cyber security law which imposes the jail sentence for seven years for spreading the false information. (Image credit: Pixabay)

President Trump said, "Fake news has become a part of the standard repertoire of politicians in many countries to describe media reports critical to them."

Actions against fake news taken by different countries are mentioned below:

Malaysia: Passed a law which says fines up to USD 123,000 and 6 years in jail to those who spreads fake news inside or outside the Malaysian territory and if Malaysian criticize are affected. This law has come ahead of a general election which covers news outlets, social media, and digital publications.

India: Proposed a plan to temporary or permanently cancel government accreditation of journalist who found to be spreading the fake news. The accreditation is required to access news conferences, seminars, government offices and also serves as security clearance at other events. Prime Minister Modi overruled the initial announcement on Tuesday.

Singapore: The Parliamentary committee has been reviewing measures to prevent "deliberate online falsehood". It was the longest hearing in Singapore's history lasted for eighty days and drew to a close on March 29. The committee will make a report on possible new legislation in May.

Philippine: President Rodrigo has lost trust in news site Rappler and barred it from covering official events. Anti-fake news legislation which carries prison and fine terms for spreading the false news is under construction.

Thailand: already has cybersecurity law which imposes the jail sentence for seven years for spreading the false information.

(With input from Reuters)

COUNTRY : IndiaMalaysiaPhilippinesSingaporeThailand