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Telangana: Three journalists booked for fake news on coronavirus

Two journalists for allegedly airing news claiming that a person from Neredmet, who tested positive for coronavirus, organised a food distribution programme recently.

Published: 20th April 2020 09:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th April 2020 09:45 AM   |  A+A-

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A child in Chennai under coronavirus lockdown. (Photo | R Satish Babu, EPS)

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD:  The Telangana police on Sunday booked three journalists of separate Telugu news channels for allegedly publishing fake news. In all cases, the news was related to COVID-19 and involved government officials.  

In the first case, the Neredmet police registered cases against two journalists for allegedly airing news claiming that a person from Neredmet, who tested positive for coronavirus, organised a food distribution programme recently.

It was also alleged that staffers of Neredmet police station participated in it. Neredmet Inspector A Narsimha Swamy clarified that the person hadn’t distributed food and no police personnel were involved.  
In another case, Nirmal police booked a journalist for reporting that samples of Collector Musharraf Ali Faruqui and other officials were sent for Covid testing. The police said the claim was fake. , Telangana Union of Working Journalists condemned the police action.

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