MPS cautions against spreading fake news on social media

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The Malawi Police Service has observed that there are some people who have a tendency of publishing fabricated stories on their social media pages in order to attack or defame others.

People should be reminded that, apart from being a criminal offence, publishing false stories have harsh and long lasting effects, with negative outcomes on the victims.

The MPS has received several complaints from people on fake news that got published on some social media platforms.

One of it being the one that was published on the page of the Malawi Voice on 31 March, 2022 that police officers in Lilongwe on the night of March 30, 2022, arrested two British nationals: Daud Sajid Sultan and Rayyan Ridhwaan Daud over hard drugs.

The MPS informs Malawians that Mr. Daud Sajid Sultan and Mr. Rayyan Ridhwaan Daud were not arrested by police on the night in question nor are they answering charges related to the same.

As people continue enjoying right to access to information, right to opinion, freedom of expression, among others, let them be reminded that enjoying one’s right should be accompanied with responsibility.

The MPS assures all concerned people who lodged complaints on the same that police are investigating and that culprits will be brought to book.

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