Nepal Police urges not to disseminate fake news on COVID-19, warns of stringent punishment

Published On: March 21, 2020 03:43 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, March 21: Police on Saturday have urged one and all not to spread fake news on social media on COVID-19.

In a public appeal, Nepal Police headquarters stated that anyone who is involved in such activities will face stringent action as per the existing law.

On its Facebook page, Nepal Police headquarters informed that culprits shall be sent to prison for a year or fined Rs 10,000 or both. Additional punishment will also be given if such fake messages are spread via electronic medium.

What provision does National Civil Code 2017 have regarding an offence against public peace?

a. Not to spread false information

i. No one shall publicise or spread or chant slogans supporting the information intended to disturb peace, deteriorate Nepal’s sovereignty, violate territorial and regional integrity and incite others.

ii. The person involved in the aforementioned offence shall be jailed for a year or fined upto Rs 10,000 or both.

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