MONROVIA: Since the insertion of ‘Fake News’ into the published logo of The ‘Investigative’ INDEPENDENT newspaper by some unscrupulous individuals, fake and damaging video are said to be spreading in the country while Liberians are preparing for the crucial 2023 presidential and legislative elections.
After the recent ‘fake video’ that experts say ‘borders on national security, and subsequently condemned by several pro-democratic institutions, there are reports of another video in circulation.
This has claimed the attention of the Ministry of Information that “some nefarious people are currently engaged in sharing an inciting jingle with various media houses intended to stoke violence.”
A press release from the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs, and Tourism (MICAT), “reminds news outlets that there are clear laws against the broadcast and dissemination of false news and engaging in incitement.”
The Ministry said penalties of such unlawful acts range from revocation of permits to being held accountable in a court of law.
The Ministry said after consultation with the Liberia’s journalism organization, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), a team from the Ministry of Information has begun meeting heads of media institutions to emphasize these laid down stipulations.
Although, the MICAT team is yet to provide clarity on the so-called inciting video to this paper.