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ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio on the fake news bill in the Senate

23 June 2017 No Comment

While “fake news” has gained currency, due mainly to the easy accessibility of social media, it’s not new. Misinformation, propaganda, and malicious speech have been around for as long as there’s been mass media. For the most part, they fall within freedom of expression.

Nevertheless, there are already existing laws that penalize abuse of this right, such as laws on libel or the code of ethics of government officials.

The fake news bill in the Senate takes an overly broad definition of “fake news” and thus could substantially limit the right to free expression and freedom of the press. The proliferation of fake news is better countered through education, self-regulation by the mass media, and judicious application of existing laws.###

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