LAW ET JUSTICIA LAW REVIEW
VOLUME 1 ISSUE 1
LEGAL PERSPECTIVE OF FAKE NEWS AND PREVENTIVE MEASURES
Mr. AVICHAL MISHRA,
Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, New Delhi
Sensationalism always sold well. By the beginning of the 19th century, modern newspapers had come in the market, providing gossips and doing exposes, but also publishing fake stories to increase circulation. The New York Sun’s “Great Moon Hoax” of 1835 claimed that there was an alien civilization on the moon, which established the Sun as a leading, profitable newspaper.
But this wasn’t the beginning of the business of fake news. Earlier there weren’t many newspapers in circulation, however, the havoc caused by fake newscan be traced centuries back when it was used to spread anti-Semitic feelings. One such event happened in 1475 in Trent, Italy. On Easter Sunday, two kids were reported missing in the area. The church’s priest said that these kids were abducted by fellow Jew citizens. The preacher gave many sermons claiming the Jews to be abducting these kids and murdering them. In response to these rs, the Prince-Bishop of Trent, Johannes IV Hinderbach gave an order to arrest and torture the city’s entire Jewish community. Fifteen of the arrested Jews were found guilty and burned. The story inspired surrounding communities to commit similar atrocities.