Senator Joel Villanueva’s quest to stamp out fake news will lead to suppression of the freedom of expression, ACT Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio warned Friday (June 23).
In an announcement, Tinio mentioned Villanueva’s bill is pointless since there are already sufficient current legal guidelines to penalize these spreading fake news.
The fake news bill within the Senate takes an excessively broad definition of “fake news” and thus may considerably restrict the best to free expression,” he mentioned.
Under Senate Bill 1492 filed by Villanueva, these convicted of spreading fake news face fines starting from P10 million to P20 million, and imprisonment from 10 years to 20 years.
False news is outlined within the bill as these that are meant to trigger panic, division, chaos, violence and hate, or these which exhibit a propaganda to blacken or discredit one’s popularity.
More than slapping penalties, Tinio believes the proliferation of fake news is best countered by schooling, self-regulation by the mass media, and even handed software of current legal guidelines.