Letter to the Editor

Fake news peddlers should face stiffer penalties

Dear editor,
I WOULD like to express my concern over the growing tendency of spreading falsehoods, especially through social media.This vice does not only threaten the peace and stability of a nation but also poses a real danger to national development.
There is urgent need for stiff penalties against fake news peddlers.
Recently, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta assented to the Computer and Cyber Crimes Bill 2017, which provides for timely and effective detection, prohibition, prevention, response, investigation and prosecution of computer and cyber-crimes.
The offenders face stiff penalties such as Khs5 million or two years imprisonment or both.
I believe Zambia can also do the same for the sake of peace, stability and national development.
This country is currently in dire need of enacting this type of legislation to curtail this unproductive tendency of spreading fake news, which is misleading the nation.
It is indisputable that our nation is currently under siege by agents of falsehoods, especially in political circles. Something must be done to curtail the vice.
ALFRED
Solwezi

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