Legal revision planned to curb fake news

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2018-09-21

The government plans to revise national security laws to curb the spread of fake news. That’s according to a report on the state of the nation submitted by Premier William Lai to the legislature on Friday.

The report said the Cabinet has increased its defense budget but legal means are also needed to strengthen national security. The laws that require revisions include the National Security Act, the Classified National Security Information Protection Act, as well as the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area.

The report says the revisions will prevent China from stealing key technologies under the pretext of investment and will allow the government to probe the origin of fake news stories. Revising the three laws will also give the authorities the ability to regulate Taiwanese citizens who have obtained Chinese residency, the report said.

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