The Singapore Police today (Mar 20) denounced a fake news published by state media Straits Times, which alleged that a family dispute was an “armed hostage situation”.
Titled “Hostage situation in Ho Ching Road, man believed to be armed”, the 151st-ranking state media wrote:
“The police are responding to a suspected hostage situation in Jurong West. A man, believed to be armed, has taken an unidentified number of people hostage, The Straits Times understands.”
The Singapore Police shared the Straits Times Facebook post and wrote that there is no “hostage situation” as Straits Times described:
“INCIDENT @ BLK 114 HO CHING ROAD
The Police have arrested a 50-year-old man at Blk 114 Ho Ching Road. The man had locked himself in the house with two of his family members. This is not a hostage situation. No one was injured.”
The Singapore Police is not taking actions against the deliberate fake news by Straits Times.