July 17, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Office of the First Vice-President advises members of the public not to rely on unverified news published by unregistered and fake news outlets.
“Fake News has become a relentless force to reckon with these days! Individuals create and operate pages or blogs or unreliable websites in order to confuse the public with Fake News! These individuals fabricate stories or exercise rumor-mongering for whatever reasons.”
James Gatdet Dak, the Press Secretary in the FVP President’s office observes that individuals “may be doing this as they seek promotions in form of responses to their fabrications.”
He explained that “others want to deceive and confuse minds of some vulnerable people with ill motives.”
This comes as a number of news outlets alleged that Chairman the SPLM-IO Committee for Information, Mabior Garang de Mabior had resigned from the opposition group.
Gatdat pointed out that it has become a norm for unregistered news outlets to publish unreliable news as they do not mind journalistic ethics and credibility.
“They don’t follow or respect journalistic ethics. They don’t care about their credibility. They are out of control and getting loose on Social Media.”
“I like the energy and determination ingrained in these Fake News authors. I wish they use that energy on productive efforts to promote peace and unity among our people in South Sudan. Please, don’t trust any Fake News coming from unreliable sources. I believe they are not registered by a government or by a known organization. They have no physical office buildings or official addresses.”