Stern action against those spreading fake news on 1MDB

13-Mar-2018 Intellasia | FMT | 6:00 AM Print This Post

At a time when the government is going all out to address the spread of lies and fake news in the country, it has found that fake news is being propagated by foreign sources.

Deputy Communications and Multimedia minister Jailani Johari warned that those who continued propagating and spreading fake news, especially involving the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), will face stern action.

“We have identified several online news portals which, in their bid to tarnish the image and reputation of the prime minister (Najib Razak), have been reviving the 1MDB issue.

“This follows the seizure of a luxury yacht by the authorities in a neighbouring country,” he said after launching the Kedah edition of the Negaraku: Connecting the Unconnected (CTU) programme here.

Jailani said among these portals were the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Economist, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and also the MSNBC, which are alleged to have published fake news about 1MDB since last week.

“We at the ministry, through the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), are monitoring the issue now.

“We would like to advise the portals to stop spreading fake news, especially concerning the 1MDB.”

Jailani said the 1MDB case had been investigated by the relevant authorities, including the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), and all allegations about the misappropriation of funds were proven false.

“We believe that this is just part of last-minute politically motivated efforts to defame and tarnish the good name of the prime minister in view of the 14th general election,” he added.


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