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Haiti blasts “cybercriminals” over erroneous Hurricane Matthew information

Valéry Bennett

National Palace Correspondent

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – On Monday, the Ministry of Communication issued a note against those it described as “cybercriminals” who are spreading false information on social networks.

There are fighters of misinformation asking people to be wary of old or bogus photos purported to be destruction by the storm and funding campaigns for hurricane relief by scam artists.

The press note from the ministry reads:

Port-au-Prince, Monday, 3 October 2016.- The Ministry of Culture and Communication (MCC) notes with amazement that cybercriminals are trying to take advantage of the special situation caused by the passage of Hurricane Matthew on Haiti to create panic and confusion, by circulating on social networks, various erroneous or fabricated information.

The Ministry of Culture and Communication while deploring such actions unethical and likely to meet sectoral motivations, says that the time is for solidarity, fraternity and the promotion of moral values, national and republican.

The Ministry recalls that official sources of information on the situation are the Presidency, the Prime Minister, ministries, particularly through the specialized departments such as Civil Protection (DPC), the Haitian National Police (HNP) or the National Meteorological Center (CNM). In this context, the lie is given to any information from unidentified sources concerning the likely impact of the hurricane in some regions of the country.

On the other hand, the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) remains the only competent body to communicate any decision regarding the electoral process.

The Ministry of Culture and Communication appealed to the sense of responsibility of everyone and reiterates its call for vigilance and caution.

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About The Author

Valéry Bennett is a graduate student of Digital Publishing at ESCP, Paris. He is of Haitian descent and participates in the biennial mission trip with his church.