Throughout history, government officials have tried to stop “fake news” through various means before it was published.
The crime of the peddlers of fake news: failing to acknowledge that those in power were perfect saints.
For example, Socrates was killed in 399 BC for spreading “fake news”.
His crime: “Failing to acknowledge the gods that the [mainstream media of the day] acknowledges”.
William Tyndale was killed in 1536 for spreading “fake news”.
His crime: Translating the Bible into English so that everyone could read it for themselves, and no longer had to rely on the clergy to tell them what it said.
In 1616 and 1633, Galileo was tried for spreading “fake news”.
His crime: spreading fake news that the Earth rotates around the Sun.