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He claimed he had made countless calls to the police, who were slow to respond.

Sulaiman, the 46-year-old of Yemeni descent, however, was not aware of the "fake news" law and admitted his mistake while appearing before a court in Kuala Lumpur. Violators of Malaysia's contentious new law face fines up to 5,00,000 ringgit or a prison sentence up to six years in jail.

A court in Malaysia convicted a Danish national on Monday for inaccurately criticizing police on social media.

"Malaysia's first conviction under its "fake news" law shows authorities plan to abuse the new provision to criminalize critical reporting", said Shawn Crispin, CPJ's senior Southeast Asia representative.

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Salah, who was not represented by an attorney, said he posted the video in a "moment of anger" but meant no harm.

The law banning fake news has sparked concern the government is seeking to crack down on criticism, particularly with a general election looming on May 9.

"I agree I did a mistake because I didn't ask what the law of this country is", the news agency AFP quoted the Dane. He has made and posted videos on YouTube accusing emergency services of responding slowly after a Palestinian Hamas member was gunned down in Kuala Lumpur. "I apologise to everybody in Malaysia - not just to the Malaysian police". Sulaiman said he was on a 10-day visit to the country when he was arrested.

Najib Razak was fined 10,000 ringgit (£1,847) but opted to instead spend a month in jail because he could not afford to pay it. "The unsafe precedent should be overturned and this ill-conceived law repealed for the sake of press freedom".

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Malaysia's inspector-general of police, Mohamad Fuzi Harun, said a day after the shooting that their records showed a distress call was received at 6:41 a.m. and a patrol auto arrived at the scene eight minutes later.

Sulaiman was first detained on April 23 and today's sentencing allowed for time already served, according to news reports.

The law covers digital publications and social media and also applies to offenders outside Malaysia, including foreigners, if Malaysia or a Malaysian citizen are affected.

Malaysia's new fake news laws have been criticised by some for fear that that they will be used tom quash reporting of the corruption scandal now engulfing Prime Minister Najib Razak.

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