Author: Diana Jablonski

Malaysia: New Law Proposal Could Charge Jail Time for Spreading ‘Fake News’

DIANA JABLONSKI WRITES- Malaysia’s government has proposed new legislation to outlaw spreading “fake news” by punishing purveyors with up to six years in prison and fines of up to $130,000. The proposed legislation would punish not only those directly responsible for “fake news” articles, but also those who participate in spreading false reports. Critics are concerned with the exact definition of “fake news,” which the bill defines as “news, information, data, and reports which is or are wholly or partly false, and an offender as somebody who by any means ‘knowingly creates, offers, publishes, prints, distributes, circulates or disseminates...

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DIANA JABLONSKI WRITES — A total of 249 Malaysians and foreigners have been arrested in Malaysia for being suspected of recruiting terrorists through the use of social media. Social media platforms that were used include Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. According to Deputy Home Minister Masir Kujat, 240 of those suspected where able to carry out their mission using Facebook, eight using Twitter and one via Instagram. He stated to Parliament: “The arrests were made as a result of police intelligence and monitoring by the Counter Messaging Centre,” Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun stated that the department’s...

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DIANA JABLONSKI WRITES – Riots and protesting broke out in India last month against the release of the controversial Bollywood film “Padmaavat.” Protesters have filled streets, vandalized cinemas, ransacked shops, burned vehicles, and called for the film’s ban. In fact, protests started a year before the film’s release, with vandals damaging the film set and assaulting director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Threats were similarly made against the film’s actors. Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, and Shahid Kapoor star in the film, which tells the story of a 16th century poem about a Muslim ruler, Alauddin Khilji, who attacks a kingdom after...

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DIANA JABLONSKI WRITES – Malaysia’s high-profile trial on the murder of Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has resumed. Two women, 25-year-old Indonesian Siti Aisyah and 29-year-old Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, were charged with the alleged murder, caused by a chemical substance known as the VX Nerve Agent on Kim Jong Nam’s face. The brutal attack occurred at a Malaysian airport terminal in broad daylight. Both women have pleaded not guilty and claimed that the attack was part of a television hidden camera prank. If convicted, the two could face the death penalty. Also,...

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Malaysia: Flooding in Penang Calls for Better Disaster Preparedness

DIANA JABLONSKI WRITES – Recently, Malaysia has suffered from a severe storm, resulting in massive flooding and local residents being forced to evacuate. The flood has caused at least seven dead in Penang, and has caused damage to nearby areas. Rescue troops have been sent to Penang to help the victims of the storm. Many people have turned to social media to offer support and send prayers to those in Penang, especially via Twitter. People have tweeted prayers and offered support, hoping that the situation will return to normal. The government has made various statements regarding the massive floods,...

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