MCMC warns against sharing footage of violent NZ shooting

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KUCHING, March 15: The public has been told not to share or distribute video footage of the shooting incident that took place today at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said that the sharing of content that was offensive in nature, was an offense under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

“It is necessary to prevent the occurrence of undesirable events that may create panic and anger among the public. The public is advised to respect the sensitivities and feelings of the victims’ families,” the commission said in a statement.

MCMC is also working with Internet service providers to take down the videos of the incidents online.

“MCMC takes this matter seriously, and any party involved in sharing such content may face legal action,” the statement continued.

The death toll at press time reached 49 people, with 20 more wounded in the incident which took place during Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch.

The gunman broadcast live footage of the attack on one of the mosques on Facebook after publishing a “manifesto” in which he denounced immigrants, calling them “invaders”.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the attack – deemed the country’s worst ever mass shooting incident – as an act of terrorism. — DayakDaily