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News: Aimi Sani / Photo: Muhammad Asri Haji Awang AbasBANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Tuesday, June 12. - In this sophisticated digital era, it is undeniable that information can be delivered and disseminated rapidly through sophisticated communications media, especially with the existence of apps on smartphones where some incidents have been found that the information presented is false.
In this regard, in order to raise awareness on the negative impact of dissemination of false news, the Department of Information, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) through the Public Relations and Media Services Unit in collaboration with the Brunei Darussalam Library Association (BLA) conducts the Seminar Penyebaran Berita Palsu (Fake News Dissemination Seminar) at the Auditorium of the Department of Information, PMO.
Present as the guest of honour and then officiating the seminar was the Members of the Legislative Council, Yang Berhormat Hj Mohamed bin Pengiran Haji Osman @ Othman as Ketua Kampung Masjid Lama, Pekan Muara, Sabun and Pelumpong and Acting Head of Village of Serasa / Serasa National Housing Scheme.Among the objectives of the seminar is to identify the steps taken by the authorities to address such issues, as well as to know the responsibilities of all netizens or the public, to equally safeguard national harmony and security by examining the validity of the information received before disseminating it to the public.
The contents of the seminar was delivered by agencies; the Media and Cabinet Division, PMO; Department of Information; Royal Brunei Police Force; Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) Supreme Council and ended with a question and answer session.The seminar participants consisted of media practitioners, officers and public relations practitioners and librarians.The spread of false information can cause fear and anxiety among the public, as well as creating unpleasant and misleading facts.
In Section 24 of the Sedition Act Section 4 (1), any person who commits or attempts to commit or to provide or abetto to commit sedition by the word seditious; reproduce any sedition; as well as bring in any seditious news, unless he does not suspect that he is seditious, is considered to be an offense.Those who commit these offenses are liable to imprisonment for up to two years and a fine of BND5,000, for the first offense, and for the same offense will be liable to imprisonment for three years and fine, and any form of sedition will be confiscated and destroyed.