Podcast: Lessons from Malaysia’s anti-fake news act

Commuters sit in front of an advertisement discouraging the dissemination of fake news, at a train station in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 28, 2018. Picture taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

Gabrielle Lim is a researcher with the Technology and Social Change Research Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center and a fellow with Citizen Lab. Here, she speaks with Lawfare‘s Evelyn Douek and Quinta Jurecic about the passage and repeal of a Malaysian law purportedly aimed at combating disinformation—a useful case study highlighting how illiberal governments can use countering disinformation to justify restricting freedom of expression.