The ongoing global outbreak of COVID-19 has thrown fake news into the spotlight, with governments worldwide racing against time to contain not only the spread of the pathogen, but also the flurry of fake news, with fears that online misinformation, if left unchecked, could be more infectious than the disease itself.

Different jurisdictions have dealt with the issue in different ways, with some taking a hard-line stance via legislation, and others preferring a softer approach via self-regulation.

In this guide, we provide an overview of fake news laws in 10 Asia Pacific jurisdictions.

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