Screenshot from Straits Times website

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.”

You may view a cached copy of the Straits Times fake news here.

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.