Galit sa fake news! Lray Villafuerte authors bill vs false news

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Camarines Sur representative Luis Raymund “Lray” Villafuerte Jr authors bill against false news by proposing a P1 million fine for media outlets in their first offense.

In his post today, the Cam Sur 2nd district representative proudly showed a photo of him with other congressmen and government executives after the hearing of his authored “Anti-Fake News Act of 2017” or the House Bill 6022, an act prohibiting the creation and distribution of false news.

According to his explanatory note sent to the House of Represenatives July 20 this year, the bill aims to promote responsible and credible journalism, as well as creating awareness of the harmful effects of spreading untruthful facts.

Villafuerte cited Germany, Italy and the United States as countries who earlier proposed the legislation of bills to avert the creation of fake news.

The solon defines fake news as misquotation or false report, distortion of facts, and purely fabricated content.

The bill proposes to penalize media outlets with P1,000,000 for their first offense, and P2,000,000 plus a week suspension of the media outlet for the second offense. Succeeding offenses would equate to a month suspension plus a fine of P5 million. Galit na galit si Lray!

Media outlets disseminating false news will also pay a fine of P500,000 in its first offense; and P1 million for its second offense. Social media users, meanwhile, who were found creating false news will be punished with imprisonment of aresto mayor and/or a fine of P100,000 based on the bill.

He also gamely posed with members of the Film Academy Rex Cortez and Imelda Papins during the same day congressional hearing of the Philippine Film and Television Tourism Act or HB 1794.