Now according to a report from The Guardian, it looks like the country has convicted the first person under its new fake news law. A Danish citizen by the name of Salah Salem Saleh Sulaiman who has been living in Malaysia has been convicted of fake news, where he posted a video accusing local police of taking close to an hour to respond to distress calls after the shooting of a Palestinian lecturer on the 21st of April.
The police had disputed his claims, saying that they only took 8 minutes to respond. Sulaiman has since pleaded guilty and said that the video was made in a “moment of anger”. He also released a statement which reads, “I agreed I made a mistake … I seriously apologise to everybody in Malaysia, not just in the Malaysian police.”
The judge had fined Sulaiman RM10,000 (~$2,549) but because he could not afford the fine, he opted for a one-month jail term instead.
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