Netizen 24 MYS: Lawyer slams AGC's defence of anti-fake news law

By On May 13, 2018

Lawyer slams AGC's defence of anti-fake news law

N Surendran says the Attorney-General's Chambers should withdraw its objection before the hearing date on May 21.

PKR lawyer N Surendran says the Attorney-General’s Chambers cited ‘special circumstances’ in its objection to the judicial review.

KUALA LUMPUR: The lawyer representing news portal Malaysiakini in its bid to nullify the Anti-Fake News Act today said he was shocked over the Attorney-General’s Chambers’ (AGC) objection to their legal challenge.

N Surendran said it was “unbelievable” that the AGC wished to uphold the “oppressive” law made and passed by the former Barisan Nasional government.

“We call upon the AGC to withdraw its objection before the hearing date,” he said after meeting High Court judge Azizah Nawawi in chambers today.

The court fixed May 21 to hear the AGC’s objection.

When asked about the AGC’s grounds for objecting to the judicial review, Surendran said it had cited “special circumstances”.

Malaysiakini had filed the review to quash the law before the May 9 election, saying it breached the Federal Constitution.

It also said the law was unreasonable and irrational as its definition of “fake news” was unclear.

Pakatan Harapan (PH) had pledged to repeal the law if the coalition won federal power in the 14th general election.

However, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday that “proper” definitions would be provided so that the public and media are clear on what “fake news” means.

However Surendran, who is a member of PKR, maintained that the fake news law must be repealed.

“This was PH’s promise and they’d better repeal it,” he said.

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Source: Google News

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