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Malaysia to punish "fake news" with six-year prison sentences

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Photo: Kyodo News via Getty Images

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's government approved a law banning the malicious spread of false news reporting on Monday, instituting penalties of up to six years in prison and $125,000, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Fake news — the term used in the law — is an international concern after its starring role in the 2016 U.S. elections. This is an early post-2016 attempt to regulate a potential scourge.