Fake news is definitely one of the most destructive tool that irresponsible parties use to direct the public towards their agendas.
Combating fake news, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah had in a statement today (11 July) urge media on various platforms including television, radio, print and online, to intensify efforts to identify and uncover fake news.
In addition, he also hope that the media will intensify efforts to raise awareness on the threat of fake news so as to minimize the impact fake news has on our society.
Saifuddin also said that the Ministry has noted a significant increase of false information or news that had been circulating in the public, be it about Covid-19 pandemic, vaccinations, health, social or political issues. This can cause confusion and concerns among the public and affect the government’s efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19.
“In the context of disseminating information, the media not only has the role of reporting authentic and accurate news but also protecting the people from false news that could potentially undermine the government’s efforts in combating Covid-19 and preserving the country’s prosperity and stability. ” he said.
He added that the Ministry had been cooperating with various agencies to proactively combat the spread of fake news, especially so since the Covid-19 crisis began.
Among the efforts includes active monitoring by the ministry’s Quick Response Team, where they had debunked up to 464 fake news since March 2020.
In addition, he said that the Emergency (Essential Powers) (No. 2) Ordinance 2021 was enforced since March 2021 and it is to allow the authorities to prevent and take action against the spread of fake news about Covid-19 and health.
“I am confident in society’s maturity in evaluating fake news. Let’s work together to curb fake news.” he said.
Read the statement from Saifuddin here: