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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Andy Leck is the head of the Intellectual Property (IP) Practice Group and a member of the Dispute Resolution Practice Group in Singapore. He is a core member of Baker McKenzie's regional IP practice and leads the Myanmar IP Steering Committee.


Ren Jun Lim represents local and international clients in both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters. He also advises on a full range of healthcare, as well as consumer goods-related legal and regulatory issues.