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Police in Iran arrest 100 people over COVID-19 rumors

According to semi-official news agency (ISNA), over 100 people have been arrested by the Cyber Police in Iran and they’ve been accused of online rumor-mongering about the spread of coronavirus outbreak in the country. Meanwhile, Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) have said that Iran “seems to be concealing information about the epidemic.”

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However, the health ministry spokesman, Kianoush Jahanpour, said the situation was “improving and he stated that the arrests were carried out after the establishment of a special unit to “combat rumor-mongers regarding the spread of coronavirus in the country.”

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The Iranian police are monitoring all the news published in the country’s cyberspace and they would take action over news, pictures or videos that contain rumors or fake news meant to disturb the public and increase concern in society. This becomes necessary as Iranian Deputy Health Minister, Iraj Harirchi, confirmed that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Most of those arrested have been released, but 19 are still in police custody.span>

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