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UCC has observed an increase in the incidences of fake publications on the digital platforms and a one Drake Lukunge Matovu deliberately posted unverified content to misinform and mislead the public. We take exception to such criminality and culprits will be prosecuted #FakeNews
Whoever is in the habit of deliberately creating, publishing and distributing #FakeNews need to be aware of provisions of the Penal Code Act that criminalise the same. Specifically Sections 50, 179 and 180 of the Penal Code Act on false news and defamation.
According to the law, any person who publishes any false statement, rumour or report which is likely to cause fear and alarm to the public or to disturb the public peace commits a misdemeanour. Members of the public should be vigilant and exercise due care by verifying stories.
The exception on false news is if the accused proves that before publication, he or she took such measures to verify the accuracy of such statement, rumour or report as to lead him or her reason to believe that it was true. Culprits seem to ignore this vital attribute
The Penal Code also provides that any person who, by print, writing, painting, effigy or by any means otherwise...., unlawfully publishes any defamatory matter concerning another person, with intent to defame that other person, commits the misdemeanour termed libel
Please note that defamatory matter is matter likely to injure the reputation of any person by exposing that person to hatred, contempt or ridicule, or likely to damage any person in his or her profession or trade by an injury to his or her reputation. Many of us may be culpable
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