CNN Breaking News and CCTV, Sina, and Phoenix China News were among the few news agencies that broke the news of Lee Kuan Yew’s “death” yesterday.
They had based their reports on a hoax Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) announcement, which was actually a photoshopped image by a prankster. The police are investigating after the PMO lodged a police report.
Thereafter, CNN Breaking News tweeted: “Reports emerged that statement attributed to Singapore government about Lee Kuan Yew may not be official.”
CCTV, Sina and Phoenix Chinese News also admitted that their reports were based off the hoax information. Sina and Phoenix News apologized for making a mistake.