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PMO urges public to stop spreading viral video (2019)

BY Hakim Hayat

THE Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in a statement on Friday evening called the armed attacks carried out in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday as “heinous” and “an inhumane act of terrorism” while urging the public to stop sharing inappropriate material containing acts of violence.

The inappropriate material refers to a gruesome video widely circulated online of the armed gunman purportedly carrying out the attacks at the two mosques during Friday prayers on Friday. International news networks and news agencies worldwide have decided to not air the video that was recorded live by the assailant, branding it as disturbing and ruthless.

In the statement, the PMO said Brunei Darussalam sympathises with the families of senseless act and warned to stop sharing the material as it potentially creates anxiety among the audience, in addition to creating undesirable responses and negative preconceptions on the cause of the incident.

Given the broader exposure to online content, PMO added that every individual plays a role in practising safe and prudent use of technology. “As consumers, the public are advised to respect the sensitivity and feelings of the affected families,” added the PMO statement.

The PMO also reminded that the inappropriate use of media may be punishable under the relevant Acts in the country.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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