| James Kon |
THE Royal Brunei Police Force yesterday gave a stern warning to the public not to spread false information especially through social media as it can amount to an offence under the Penal Code.
The warning came after the circulation of a false message through social media about the finding of a six-month-old baby that was buried alive in the Kg Katok area.
According to the Acting Head of Public Relations unit of the Royal Brunei Police Force, “Circulating false information is not only irresponsible, it is also an offence. It will not only slow down as well as hinder police investigations into actual reports and offences but also can spread panic and public alarm causing fear in the community.”
Members of the public who are found to have spread false information that causes panic and fear in the community can be charged with defamation, false accusations and will be punished.
The spreading of false information that could create chaos and anxiety amongst the public is an offence and can be charged under Section 34 of the Public Order Act, Cap 148 where the penalty is a maximum of three years’ imprisonment or a fine of $3,000.