29 March 2012

Police will arrest journalists who report false news

Diario Nacional March 26, 2012, Language Source: Tetun

The Timorese National Police Commander (PNTL) Commissioner of police, Longinhos Monteiro said that the police would arrest journalists who had not published factual news stories in their newspapers.

“To maintain the security in the country not only PNTL but it is our responsibility, inclusively you (the journalists) who manipulate news stories in your newspapers also do not contribute to the situation of the country,” Monteiro said.

Monteiro called on all newspapers and journalists not to manipulate information and write it based on facts due to manipulation of news will create instability in the country. He called on all people not to believe romour-mongering that some problems would happen in the second round of presidential election and said PNTL was ready to guarantee the situation in the country.

1 comment:

John Charles Heiser said...

I am deeply saddened that things have come to this. At the same time, I do understand the danger of newspapers becoming slander sheets rather than reporters of actual events. I hope that there will be nothing will occur for which the press will be arrested. This is a two headed snake. Both heads are venomous. May no lies be told, and may the election go on in peace. I believe this is what President Horta wishes, and as an old friend, and long time advocate of Timorese independence, it is what I wish. John Charles Heiser