PM: Fake news a cancer in journalism that needs to be fought

Alyaa Alhadjri
(Updated )

At a gathering of global publishers, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has once again spoken out against the prevalence of fake news in Malaysia.

While stressing that freedom of speech is thriving in Malaysia, Najib cautioned that with freedom comes responsibility, and a part of it is the need to counter what he described as "a plague of false and fake news."

Najib pointed out how globally, the problem has escalated to a level that the British Broadcasting Corporation had earlier this year announced a special team dedicated to fact checking and exposing false news on the web or on social media.

"We are far from immune to this problem here in Malaysia...

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