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Info acts tough on websites, news services

Bid to curtail rumors and lies

KUWAIT CITY, April 18: The Ministry of Information continues to monitor websites and news services that broadcast lies and rumors and provoke sedition, create chaos and cause panic among the expatriates and citizens and this has been a main source of ‘headache’ for the state authorities who are which have spared no efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

An official source told the daily the Electronic Publishing Department closely monitors all rumormongers who work via various media outlets, and is said to have referred 25 news services sites to the Public Prosecution.

The source added, “The total of these referrals is equivalent to a full year’s work, when compared to the referrals of past years.” The source also explained that most of these referrals relate to distorting news, rumors and distorted campaigns far from accuracy and credibility.

The sources pointed out three websites the Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Mohamed al-Jabri announced had been referred to the Public Prosecution. One of them allegedly offended the government and voluntary work and tarnished the image of the country, while two other news services were referred for failing to check the authenticity of the news they published

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