GUWAHATI, March 24 - Reacting to rumours about spread of coronavirus through newspapers, president of the Guwahati Press Club Manoj Kumar Nath and its general secretary Sanjoy Ray on Tuesday appealed to all sections of people not to believe in such rumours.
�Our attention has been drawn towards some misinformation being spread by certain quarters about newspapers being possible carriers of novel coronavirus. Since both the Centre and the State government have categorically denied any such possibility, we, at the Guwahati Press Club, have taken strong exception to such rumour mongering and appeal to all concerned not to indulge in such practices,� a statement said.
In the statement, the GPC office-bearers also urged the district administration to prevent spread of such fake news on various platforms including social media as medical experts too are rubbishing such a possibility. They said the spread of such fake information is an attempt to stop the flow of authentic news.
�Prime Minister Narendra Modi too has been quoted as saying that newspapers carry tremendous credibility and the local page of a region is widely read by people. It is therefore imperative that awareness about coronavirus is spread through articles published on this page. Again, it is needless to say that even State Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at a press conference on Monday had made it clear that newspapers carry no risk of spreading coronavirus. At this hour of crisis, we seek everyone�s support and cooperation in our fight against the novel coronavirus,� the statement added.