JUST IN: In South Africa, Fake News About Coronavirus is 6 Months Imprisonment.
Amidst the viral fake news that is threatening the fight against coronavirus in Africa and the world, the South African government took a bold step and yesterday passed a law that prohibits the sharing of misinformation/fake news/unverified news about COVID-19 on both the print and social media. This new law says offenders are liable to 6 months in prison with or without an option of fine.
This information was first shared by media expert and legal expert on media freedom, Dario Milo on his social media handle.
“Just in that fake news/ disinformation about COVID19 becomes a criminal offence in South Africa.
Today’s Government Gazette with regulations under Disaster Management Act; thanks @Billbobbird for sharing: section 11(4)
Any person who publishes any statement, through any medium, including social media, with the intention to deceive any other person about—
The following fake news/disinformation went viral on social media in Nigeria (Africa) and medical experts are still having a hard time disabusing the minds of persons who swallowed these toxic information hook, line and sinker.