Malaysia has repealed a controversial anti-fake news law passed shortly before the May 2018 election. [File: Stringer/Reuters]
Malaysia has scrapped a law making “fake news” a crime, a year after an initial attempt to repeal the legislation was blocked by the opposition-controlled senate.
Under the law those found guilty of spreading what authorities deemed “fake news” could be sent to jail for six years and fined as much as 500,000 ringgit ($120,000).
The repeal was passed in the lower house of parliament on Wednesday with a simple majority. The