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Bernama lodges report over fake news in its name

Bernama  |  Published:  |  Modified:

The Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) today lodged a police report regarding fake news which used the agency's credentials, claiming there was a postponement in announcing the Terengganu BN candidate line-up for the 14th general election.

The report had gone viral on social media yesterday.

Bernama's Terengganu bureau chief Zalina Maizan Ngah lodged the report at the Kuala Terengganu District Police Headquarters.

Zalina Maizan said she received information about the fake news at about 11.20pm via WhatsApp from several of her acquaintances.

"After contacting the headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, I posted a news report denying there was a postponement in the announcement of candidates, to avoid confusion among the people," she said after filing the report.

She said the report was also lodged to enable an investigation to be done in accordance with the Anti-Fake News Act 2018, and to detain the irresponsible parties.

"The act has clearly affected Bernama's reputation as a credible and transparent news agency," she said.

The fake report which was alleged to have been written by Bernama stated that the Terengganu BN had postponed the announcement of candidates, scheduled to take place today.

The fake news also named state BN deputy chairman Jailani Johari as the source of news, claiming that the postponement had been agreed upon by BN chairman Najib Abdul Razak.

- Bernama

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