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Hong Kong gov’t and lawmakers back ‘fake news’ law plan; press union chief warns of new ‘sword over journalists’ heads’

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The Hong Kong government is mulling plans to implement a “fake news” law to regulate disinformation on the internet, Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui told the Legislative Council (LegCo) on Wednesday. He said the government had a duty to “plug loopholes” in the city’s legislation.

Tsui’s comments came in response to lawmaker Gary Chan’s question about how the government intended to combat misinformation after a pro-Beijing media outlet reported on injuries suffered by a first-aider during the 2019 protests. The report suggested that the Hospital Authority had exaggerated the injuries and spread “lies” – an accusation it denied.

Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui. File photo: RTHK screenshot.

Tsui told the legislature that the government was conducting a study on how foreign governments legislated against fake news before deciding on changes to Hong Kong law.

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