Danish national jailed under Malaysia's anti-fake news law


He also claimed that the police only arrived after 50 minutes, despite 43 calls being made, with an ambulance arriving only an hour later. He said his action was a mistake and apologised. I apologise to everyone in Malaysia.

The court sentenced Salah to a week in jail, including time already served since his arrest on April 23, and a fine of 10,000 ringgit (about USA $2,500), but he chose to serve a month behind bars in lieu of paying the fine.

"Malaysia's first conviction under its "fake news" law shows authorities plan to abuse the new provision to criminalise critical reporting", said Shawn Crispin, CPJ's senior Southeast Asia representative in a statement.

Malaysia introduced its anti-fake news law last month. 46-year-old native of Yemen Salah Salem Saleh Suleiman was sentenced to a week's imprisonment for publishing false information. Police have yet to identify the suspects, but believe they are still in the country.

Singapore and the Philippines are considering introducing similar anti-fake news legislation.

On April 21, Dr Fadi, 35, who was also an electrical engineering lecturer at a private higher educational institution here, was shot dead outside Idaman Puteri's condominium in Setapak here while walking to Surau Medan Idaman to lead the morning prayers at about 6am.

Sulaima, during his court appearance in Kuala Lumpur, said he was not aware of Malaysia's laws. If he can not pay the fine, Sulaiman will have to serve another month behind bars.

Under the new law, passed on 2 April, offenders could be fined up to 500,000 ringgit (NZ$181,000) and imprisoned for up to six years.

A commuter walks past an advertisement warning of the dangers of spreading "fake news" at a train station in downtown Kuala Lumpur on March 26. It has been criticized as a way for the government to stifle dissent and free speech ahead of the country's general election on May 9.

Malaysia's new fake news laws have been criticised by some for fear that that they will be used tom quash reporting of the corruption scandal now engulfing Prime Minister Najib Razak.