Gossip now a crime in Colombian town

BOGOTA: A Colombian town has taken a hard line against gossip, with fines of up to US$6,000 (RM22,800) and three years in jail. 

“Residents come out with things that they have no reason to say, that are mere gossip and that have even gotten people killed,” Margoth Morales, city manager of Iconozo, 150km south of Bogota, told RCN television. 

Morales explained that only gossipers who cannot resist talking about their neighbours will be punished to the maximum.  

If convicted, one could get the full three-year, US$6,000 punishment. – AFP  

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