Malaysia's fake-news law is here to stay, new PM says

Mahathir Mohamad was targeted by the fake-news law just weeks ago, but the new prime minister says it's a matter of amend, not abolish.

Malaysia's government passed the "Anti-Fake News Bill 2018" in April, making both creating and sharing fake news punishable by up to six years in prison.

Just over a month later, Malaysia has a new Prime Minister in Mahathir Mohamad. But he's not in a rush to do away with the fake-news bill, despite being the victim of it just weeks ago.

"Although we support the concept of press freedom and freedom of speech, these come with limits," Mahathir said in a telecast, according to the Associated Press. "If anyone purposely tries to cause chaos, they will have to face specific laws that curtail those acts.

"We will have a clear definition of fake news so that the public and media companies will understand the difference between real and fake news," Mahathir said.