The Edge disappointed senior minister made fake news claim without checking

Modified 29 Mar 2020, 1:54 pm

CORONAVIRUS | The Edge has expressed disappointment at Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob for accusing the news organisation of "fake news" without first conducting checks.

In a joint statement, The Edge group chief executive officer Ho Kay Tat (above) and editor-in-chief Azam Aris said while Ismail did not specify the alleged offending article, they note a message had gone viral on social media which contained a link to an article published on The Edge Markets.

The story titled: "MCO: SOP to be tightened in control phase - Ismail Sabri", was a Bernama article quoting Ismail, who is also the defence minister, about a more stringent movement control order (MCO).

They noted that someone had circulated the article but also attached a fake list of areas that will supposedly undergo a more stringent MCO.

"This posting was not done by us. It is obvious that the person who did it, used the headline to the Bernama story that we published on The Edge Markets, and added false information under affected areas...

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