Penalties for fake disaster reports pass initial review

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 15, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The Legislative Yuan yesterday passed a preliminary review of an amendment to clamp down on people spreading false information about disasters.

The proposal to amend the Disaster Prevention and Protection Act (災害防救法) passed an initial Internal Administration Committee review.

The proposal stipulates that anyone who is aware that information is false, but still reports it to fire or police services would face a fine of NT$300,000 to NT$500,000 (US$9,708 to US$16,181).

Anyone who spreads rumors or false reports about disasters and as a result causes harm to the public would face up to three years in prison or a fine of up to NT$1 million.

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