Meghalaya police has time and again made an appeal to refrain from spreading fake news
Meghalaya police has time and again made an appeal to refrain from spreading fake news|Representational Image
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Fake news: Trouble for Assam TV channel, Meghalaya cops file case

Meghalaya police take cognizance of ‘breaking news’ aired by a regional news channel based in Assam, say report of Meghalaya minister contracting COVID-19 is ‘fake’

Princess Giri Rashir

Princess Giri Rashir

Shillong: Disseminating news and information related to COVID-19 aka novel coronavirus pandemic to the masses is a crucial job of media organisations. However, broadcasting a ‘fake’ breaking news to bring in the viewership numbers may not be the best thing to do at these critical times.

This is what happened to a regional news channel based in Assam after it aired a breaking news saying, ‘A minister from Meghalaya has contracted coronavirus (Covid-19) & the name is kept secret’.

Soon after it went on air, Meghalaya police were quick to issue a statement clarifying on the matter and saying that the news report is ‘fake’.

Meanwhile, a case has been filed against media organisation. “A case vide Cyber Crime Police Station Case No. 12(5)2020 under relevant sections of Disaster Management Act and Indian Penal Code has been registered against Pratidin Time news channel for broadcasting the bulletin."

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