Stop posting fake news, Raj urges

Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission director Ashwin Raj and Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem at a press conference last week. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE Media Industry Development Authority is urging the members of the public to refrain from posting fake news in relation to the elections on social media under the pretext of a legitimate media organisation.


Authority chairman Ashwin Raj said serious penal liabilities would apply to those caught posting fake news during the 48-hour blackout period for the 2018 General Election with the intent to either campaign for or malign or impugn political parties and candidates.


“The intention of the 48-hour black out period is to give voters reprieve so that they can cast their votes without undue pressure and influence,” Mr Raj said.


“MIDA is calling on members of the public, mainstream media as well as political parties and candidates to exercise vigilance and report immediately to MIDA or FEO should they come across such fake posts.”