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Hong Kong authorities will criminalise ‘fake news’ only as a last resort


18 Nov 2021

Criminalisation will be the last resort for tackling “fake news” with alternative approaches such as demanding the removal of content and flagging contentious material taking priority, Hong Kong’s No 2 official has said.

Chief Secretary John Lee Ka-chiu backed a self-regulatory model or similar approaches adopted by several overseas governments as the Hong Kong administration worked on its own strategy for countering the spread of misinformation.

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