Danish Citizen First To Be Convicted Under Malaysia's Anti-Fake News Law

Danish man first person to be charged, convicted under Anti-Fake News Act

Danish man first person to be charged, convicted under Anti-Fake News Act

Police disputed the claims, made in a YouTube video circulated by Sulaiman, and said they took just eight minutes to respond to the gunshots.

Sulaiman, the 46-year-old of Yemeni descent, however, was not aware of the "fake news" law and admitted his mistake while appearing before a court in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia is one of the first countries to introduce a fake news law.

His charge under Subsection 4 (1) of the Act, carries a maximum RM500,000 fine or a maximum jail sentence of six years, if convicted.

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A Malaysian court has convicted Salah Salem Saleh Sulaiman, a Danish citizen, of inaccurate criticism of the police on social media.

Salah Salem Saleh Sulaiman was detained April 23, two days after he claimed in a YouTube video that he was with a Palestinian man who was gunned down by two assailants on a motorcycle.

Sulaiman, who was traveling in Malaysia on vacation when he posted the video, pleaded guilty to the criminal charges of spreading false information, saying that he was unaware of local laws, and apologized to Malaysian authorities, news reports said.

"I agreed I made a mistake. I seriously apologise to everybody in Malaysia, not just in the Malaysian police".

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Sessions Court Judge Zaman Mohd Noor sentenced him to a week's jail from the date of arrest and a fine of RM10,000. If he can not pay the fine, Sulaiman will have to serve another month behind bars. Batsh was a member of the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

Singapore and the Philippines are considering introducing similar anti-fake news legislation. Malaysia's inspector-general of police, Mohamad Fuzi Harun, said a day after the shooting that their records showed a distress call was received at 6:41am and a patrol vehicle arrived at the scene eight minutes later.

The law covers digital publications and social media and also applies to offenders outside Malaysia, including foreigners, if Malaysia or a Malaysian citizen are affected.

After the bill was announced, opposition lawmaker Ong Kian Ming tweeted that "the point of such a law IS to prosecute truth tellers by labelling them as purveyors of fake news".

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