“Fake news” hits Northwest

According to the Zimbabwe Today online newspaper, the baboon, that has been nicknamed Somizi, is said to have attacked and raped more than six men the past week. “… and what’s baffling the villagers is the fact that the baboon only attacks guys and does not hurt its victims, but rather performs sexual acts on top of the terrified victims and leaves.”

One of the victims said he was coming home from the local shebeen when the baboon attacked and pinned him down. “I thought it wanted to kill me but realised it was after my bum,” he said.

The newspaper reports that five men had already been admitted to hospital, complaining of anal pains and fatigue and anal cancer was subsequently diagnosed.

The newspaper said when journalists visited the village, all male school kids were wearing dresses as a preventative measure until the baboon has been dealt with.

Fake news, according to Wikipedia,  is a type of yellow journalism that consists of deliberate misinformation or hoaxes spread via the traditional print, broadcasting news media, or via Internet-based social media. Fake news is written and published with the intent to mislead in order to gain financially or politically, often with sensationalist, exaggerated, or patently false headlines that grab attention.[1] As such, intentionally misleading and deceptive fake news is different from obviously satirical or parody articles or papers such as The Onion. Fake news often employs eye-catching headlines or entirely fabricated news stories in order to increase readership and, in the case of internet-based stories, online sharing and Internet click revenue.[1] In the latter case, profit is made in a similar fashion to sensational online “clickbait” headlines and relies on advertising revenue generated from this activity, regardless of the veracity of the published stories.[1]

  AUTHOR
Daleen van Manen
Journalist

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