- approve a law
- 法律を成立させる（後出 pass a law も同意、approve a bill は法案を可決する、legislation は法律）
- 禁じる（後出 prohibit も同意）
- silence dissent
- national election
- prison sentence
- rights activist
- 【写真説明】 discourage
Malaysia approves law banning fake news
KUALA LUMPUR (AP) － Malaysia's parliament on April 3 passed a law prohibiting fake news that critics fear will be abused to silence dissent ahead of a national election.
Despite criticism that such a law would lead Malaysia closer to dictatorship, the bill was approved after a heated debate. The legislation sets the maximum prison sentence at six years and a fine of up to 500,000 ringgit ($128,000) for offenders.
Rights activists say the law appears aimed at shutting down discussion of a financial scandal involving Prime Minister Najib Razak, who called for national elections expected for May.
The law extends even to foreigners outside the nation, if Malaysia or a Malaysian citizen is affected.