Fake News is punishable under Ghanaian law

In light of the spread of fake news across Social media networks especially during the coronavirus pandemic , Ghanaians are been cautioned by that it is an offence to post false news causing fear and panic.

The following outlines the law’s stance on false news.

Section 76, Electronic Communications Act, 2008 (Act 775):
(1) A person who by means of electronic communications service, knowingly sends a communication which is false or misleading and likely to prejudice the efficiency of life saving service or to endanger the safety of any person, … commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than [thirty six thousand Ghana Cedis] or to a term of imprisonment of not more than five years or both.
(2) A person is taken to know that a communication is false or misleading if that person did not take reasonable steps to find out whether the communication was false, misleading, reckless or fraudulent.

In these challenging times, please consider this law before you forward fake news on Whatsapp, IG, Facebook, etc. You may be held personally liable for forwarding that message. Your service provider may easily escape the net without blame.

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