No ban on 1MDB satire, parody, says MCMC

Source: The Malaysian Insider

In a Facebook posting yesterday, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission says it is an offence to share or spread news which contained false information about 1MDB under Section 211 or 233 of the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998. – Facebook screenshot, July 10, 2015.

Putrajaya has denied that it will clamp down on the use of parody and satire in social media, following its “advisory” yesterday warning users against spreading false news about the controversial 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

In a report in The Star, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said the advisory was “misinterpreted”, adding that there would be no action on those who used satire and comedy as it was fiction.

Part 7.3 of the MCMC Content Code, it said, states that false content is prohibited except when it comes to satire and parody as it was obvious to a user that it is a work of fiction.

“When was there ever a ban? There was never a ban. It was totally misinterpreted. It was just an advisory notice,” MCMC strategic communications director Syeikh Raffie Abdul Rahman was quoted as saying. Read more