A Look behind the Fake News Laws of Southeast Asia

In Southeast Asia, attempts to regulate the fake news phenomenon can be broadly categorized, on the one hand, in cases where fake news laws are conceived at least also as the government’s weapon to silence critics and dissenters, and on the other hand, cases where the discourse is lead more open-ended. Under the first category, Malaysia springs to mind, Cambodia and Vietnam possibly too. Thailand is a somewhat mixed case. Much more open-ended are the fake news discourses in Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore.

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Shedding Light or Shooting in the Dark – How to define Fake News?

A proposed legislation against the “manipulation of information” is currently under consideration by the French parliament in order to tackle the problem of fake news. A sufficiently precise definition of fake news is a necessary preliminary condition to have a political or legal debate on the issue. The attempts of the French parliament have some significant shortcomings in this regard, but they can serve as a basis to elaborate a better definition.

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Ist Breitbart News ein Kunstprojekt?

In gewisser Weise scheint die Esra-Entscheidung zehn Jahre nach ihrer Verkündung schon aus einer anderen Zeit zu stammen. Die Problemlage, der sich das Bundesverfassungsgericht hier zu stellen hatte, unterschied sich nicht grundsätzlich von derjenigen, die dem 30 Jahre zuvor getroffenem Mephisto-Urteil zugrunde lag: Ein klassischer Roman, in dem der Autor persönliche Erlebnisse verarbeitet, stößt auf […]

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