Akufo-Addo charges against fake news, warns of dire consequences

“Put an immediate stop to it or be held accountable for it,” President Akufo-Addo warns individuals who are in the habit of sharing fake stories.

The President says anyone caught peddling false news in this time of global emergency health crisis will be dealt with appropriately.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said the act is not only counterproductive but has the potency of unrolling government’s efforts in the fight against the disease.

Addressing the nation on Sunday, the President said those who share fake stories concerning the coronavirus situation of the country are motivated by mischief and has warned of dire consequences.

“Put an immediate stop to it or be held accountable for it,” the President warned the individuals who are in the habit of peddling fake stories.

The President also pleaded with the public to stop stigmatising survivors of coronavirus.

“Being infected by the coronavirus is not a death sentence,” he said, adding: “stigmatisation is not right.”

President Akufo-Addo explained that stigmatisation has the potency of driving people away from getting tested.

He was forthright that “if the virus did not end their lives and livelihood the stigma should not.”

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