Reluctance to vaccinate is a major threat to our collective health and safety, as Covid-19 gives no clue that it is slowing down to disappear. We must continue to fight against the Covid to end its ravages. Africa faces a double challenge in procuring vaccines and shattering dangerous myths and fake news, scaring some of its people who cannot afford or do not want to follow protocols – the simplest protection, the cheapest and the best.
I felt sad to hear the health authorities in Ashanti seem helpless about some residents circulating a fake video to scare people away with ongoing vaccinations. Let me repeat this warning – you can be thrown in jail for just being a treadmill for false information. Yes, you are running for jail for simply transmitting this information or video, causing fear and alarm.
You do not have to be the author or maker of false or misleading information. Your crime is simply to share this false statement, rumor or report that causes panic without verifying its authenticity. Under Section 76 of the Electronic Communications Act, posting to WhatsApp or Facebook can take you to court for a fine of up to 36,000 or up to five years in prison.
If you are lucky enough to be prosecuted under article 208 of our penal code, you could face up to three years in prison for your reckless act. As long as this is completely false, and there is no evidence that people develop electromagnetic bodies after a jab, the police in the area must get to work now. Think before you share this post. If you’re not helping the fight against Covid-19, don’t hurt it. It is your legal light. That’s my opinion
Samson Lardy ANYENINI
September 4, 2021