Danish national first to be sentenced under Malaysia's anti-fake news law

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Sulaiman argued that his video was posted in a "moment of anger", adding: "I agreed I made a mistake ..."

"I agree I did a mistake because I didn't ask what is the law of this country", he said.

"I apologize to Malaysians".

Sulaiman pleaded guilty and was fined 10,000 ringgit (NZ$3,600) by the judge and was ordered to spend a month in jail because he could not pay.

A Malaysian court convicted a Danish citizen on Monday for inaccurate criticism of police on social media, the first person to be prosecuted under a new law against fake news. 46-year-old native of Yemen Salah Salem Saleh Suleiman was sentenced to a week's imprisonment for publishing false information.

"The accused's action did not only injure the image of the Police and our country but also hurt the feelings of the victim's family members", she said. In fact over in Malaysia, a law was passed where it made the dissemination of fake news illegal where they could be sent to jail and/or fined. If he can not pay the fine, then he will have to serve another month in jail, the judge said.

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Pedestrians walk past a bullet-riddled wall at the scene where Palestinian scientist Fadi al-Batsh was gunned down in Kuala Lumpur on April 22. "The risky precedent should be overturned and this ill-conceived law repealed for the sake of press freedom".

Fake news is not just a problem experienced in the USA, but in other countries as well where it has been found that the propagation of fake news could somehow affected elections.

Malaysia's inspector-general of police, Mohamad Fuzi Harun, said a day after the shooting that their records showed a distress call was received at 6.41 AM and a patrol vehicle arrived at the scene eight minutes later.

The law covers digital publications and social media and also applies to offenders outside Malaysia, including foreigners, if Malaysia or a Malaysian citizen are affected.

Local online news outlet Malaysiakini has challenged the law's legality at Kuala Lumpur's High Court on the grounds it violates free speech guarantees enshrined in the national constitution, reports said.

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