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Not gov’t’s job to determine ‘fake news’, says media watchdog

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It is not the government’s duty to determine whether a reported news is fake or otherwise, global press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders declared.

“It is not the government’s job to determine the truth of the reporting that is the product of journalistic work,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific Desk.

“Parliament must roundly reject this bill because it contributes nothing new to the fight against the dissemination of deliberately false information and will pose an additional threat to media freedom, which is already drastically suppressed by existing laws,” Bastard said in a statement.

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