Film industry man among 4 charged over fake news on Covid-19

Zed Zaidi (right) got into trouble after he shared a fake news related to the Covid-19 epidemic. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Artistes Association (Seniman) president Rozaidi Jamil is among four people charged for sharing fake news on the Covid-19 virus last month.

Rozaidi, better known as Zed Zaidi, pleaded not guilty after the charge was read out to him before Magistrate A [email protected] Acho, Bernama reported.

He was alleged to have committed the offence in his tweet, with the handle @rozaidijamil, at 12.51pm on Jan 27.

The charge, under Section 505(b) of the Penal Code, carries a jail term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or both, upon conviction.

The magistrate allowed him bail of RM5,000 and set March 11 for re-mention.

Rozaidi was questioned by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for two hours last month over his post.

The internet authority had investigated him under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act, over a post in which he claimed that all countries had barred tourists from China except Malaysia.

In the same court, company director Mohd Khairul Anuar Rosli, 30, also pleaded not guilty to a similar charge.

He was alleged to have spread the fake news on Covid-19 using the “Oh My Media” web application on Jan 27.

Akhiruddin allowed him bail of RM5,000 and set March 17 for re-mention.

Meanwhile, two other men – technician Mohd Afendy Mohd Said, 34, and businessman Syed Mohd Faiz Syed Nasir, 28 – pleaded guilty.

Both of them admitted having committed the offence using their Facebook and Twitter accounts on Jan 27.

Akhiruddin set March 17 for sentencing.