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Fake news punishable by up to four years in prison under proposed Nicaraguan law

Fake news punishable by up to four years in prison under proposed Nicaraguan law

Nicaraguan President Ortega’s party on Monday proposed a law that would make spreading fake news on social media punishable by up to four years in prison. The draft bill proposes punishing people for ’the publication or dissemination of false (or) distorted information, likely to spread anxiety, anguish or fear’. The bill was introduced in the National Assembly, where the party holds a majority.

Chris
Chris
pennydreadful
pennydreadful 3 weeks

While it is necessary to curb the spread of fake news, should not the media take up the responsibility of checking the spread of fake news? When a government takes it upon itself to control the amount of misinfo that is spread, it can lead to dangerous consequences. 1. The government now decides what is fake news and what is genuine news. Hence, if those who are in power feel that a piece of news harms their interests, they can quite easily label it as fake news. 2. This also now gives the state the power to decide what is news, in the first place. And any government deciding this does not bode well for constitutional values in a nation.

Skeptic
Skeptic 3 weeks

This is clearly unfortunate and would like to see an international outcry.

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