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Malaysia: Repeal of Anti-Fake News Act must be followed by broader legislative reform efforts: ARTICLE 19 commends the Malaysian government for following through on its commitment to repeal the Anti-Fake News Act, a recently-enacted and highly controversial law that constituted a serious threat to freedom of expression. However, further action is needed to protect the rights of Malaysians. Malaysia’s new leaders must initiate a far-reaching and comprehensive program of legislative reform targeting legal provisions previously used to suppress fundamental rights and freedoms.

The Anti-Fake News Act was a manifestation of the prior government’s deep insecurities and willingness to go to any length to stifle criticism and dissent,” said Matthew Bugher, ARTICLE 19’s Head of Asia Programme. “Repealing the law was an easy win and an important first step for a Pakatan Harapan government that has promised more sweeping reform efforts.”

The Anti-Fake News Act entered into force on 11 April 2018, less than a month ahead of the 9 May general election won by the Pakatan Harapan coalition. The lower house of Malaysia’s Parliament voted today to repeal the law.

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Malaysia: Repeal of Anti-Fake News Act must be followed by broader legislative reform efforts: ARTICLE 19 commends the Malaysian government for following through on its commitment to repeal the Anti-Fake News Act, a recently-enacted and highly controversial law that constituted a serious threat to freedom of expression. However, further action is needed to protect the rights of Malaysians. Malaysia’s new leaders must initiate a far-reaching and comprehensive program of legislative reform targeting legal provisions previously used to suppress fundamental rights and freedoms.“The Anti-Fake News Act was a manifestation of the prior government’s deep insecurities and willingness to go to any length to stifle criticism v v