Vietnam man fined for cooking up murder story online

By Truong Quang Nam, Thanh Nien News

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The photo a Facebook user posted on his page, claiming to be of the scene where a car driver killed two people after a collision with a truck February 21 / FILE PHOTO
A 21-year-old man was fined VND25 million (US$1,185) for inventing a story about a deadly shooting in the north-central province of Quang Binh that went viral on Facebook, scaring the public. 
The local police said that on February 21, Ngo Dinh So wrote on his Facebook page that after a collision between a truck and a Toyota Camry, the car driver shot the other driver and his assistant.
He then fled the scene, leaving his vehicle behind, Son claimed, adding that the killings took place in Dong Hoi Town, the capital city of Quang Binh.
In response to people’s doubts, he posted a photo that he claimed was of the scene and information about the murderer, who he said was from Dong Hoi.
The post was quickly shared and re-posted on the social networking site that has some 20 million users in Vietnam.
As the story spread, it set off alarms among the Dong Hoi populace, prompting the police to step in and investigate.
Son confessed to them that he had cooked up the story to achieve a minute of fame.
Colonel Hoang Trinh, chief of the Quang Binh police’s Internal Political Security Division, said Son violated laws that prohibit people from running news stories on personal blogs.
Besides, the information was false and badly affected public morale, he added.

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