Man arrested for spreading fake news about coronavirus


PETALING JAYA: A man has been detained in connection with spreading false or fake news regarding the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said the 34-year-old was detained in Bangi around 4pm on Tuesday with the assistance of police.

"The suspect was detained for spreading false information on Jan 26 regarding the virus.

"The suspect's mobile phone and SIM card, believed to have been used to upload the fake news on Facebook, were also seized," the commission said in a statement on Wednesday (Jan 29).

The case is being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 which carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 or not more than a year of imprisonment or both upon conviction.

"Such a stern action is taken to ensure that fake news about the virus are not spread by irresponsible individuals that could disrupt public order.

"Spreading news to cause fear and panic among the public can also be investigated under Section 505 of the Penal Code, which carries two years imprisonment or a fine or both upon conviction," the commission said.

The MCMC and police are currently seeking three others for allegedly spreading fake news.

"It shows our seriousness in curbing the spread of false information," it said.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

MCMC , Fake news , Arrested , Police , Coronavirus , 2019-nCoV

   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

Next In Nation

Snatch thief in viral video nabbed
Former Terengganu MB, wife test positive for Covid-19
Sabah MACC detains tradesman over bribery attempt
Allowing low-risk patients to be home quarantined will ease hospital congestion, says Health DG
Disabled community applaud and hopeful on Permai assistance package
Socso committed to implementing programmes under Permai aid package
Number of Covid-19 cases should stabilise in a week, says Health DG
Seremban 2 court complex to be sanitised after 16 detainees contract Covid-19
Storehouse next to temple in Taman Desa Ria, PJ, gutted
526 cases recorded in Sabah a result of mass screenings of plantation workers

Stories You'll Enjoy