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New Malaysian government repeals law banning 'fake news'

PTI
Published : Aug 17, 2018, 2:57 pm IST
Updated : Aug 17, 2018, 2:57 pm IST

The bill was passed in April under former PM Najib Razak despite concerns that it would be used to silence dissent ahead of a May 9 polls.

After an intense six-hour debate in Parliament and protest by lawmakers in Najib's party, the law was repealed Thursday with a simple voice vote. (Representational Image)
 After an intense six-hour debate in Parliament and protest by lawmakers in Najib's party, the law was repealed Thursday with a simple voice vote. (Representational Image)

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's new government has repealed a widely criticized law prohibiting "fake news," in a move hailed as a landmark moment for human rights by a group of Southeast Asian lawmakers.

The bill was passed in April under former Prime Minister Najib Razak despite concerns that it would be used to silence dissent ahead of a May 9 general election.

Najib's long-ruling coalition was ousted in the polls, ushering in the country's first transition of power since independence from Britain in 1957.

After an intense six-hour debate in Parliament and protest by lawmakers in Najib's party, the law was repealed Thursday with a simple voice vote.

Tags: fake news, najib razak
Location: Malaysia, Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur