National Security Minister Stuart Young has slammed Opposition MP Dr Bhoe Tewarie for rating T&T sixth in the world as one of the most dangerous places to visit.
Young ripped into Tewarie yesterday while delivering the feature address at the opening of the Barataria Community Library, by drawing reference to the previous speaker Catherine Romain who warned children to be wary of misinformation and fake news circulating on social media.
He said a lot of misinformation was being peddled on social media on crime and turned his guns on Tewarie telling him he must learn to "check his facts" first before posting false news on his Facebook page which was designed to create fear and panic among citizens and potential visitors.
The Opposition MP, Young said had recently posted on social media that T&T was ranked "6th in the world as one of the most dangerous places."
Young said if we were dealing with books, Tewarie would have been "under fiction" by peddling fake news.
Upon checking the information posted by the Caroni Central MP, Young said they found out it was "a trick set up by someone ...I think from Sweden who said let me utilise the internet and show how I can manipulate the internet and put out false information."
He said Tewarie should have done some research to make sure his information was fact-based.
Young said T&T was not there, referring to being a dangerous place.
"I am not saying that we don't have issues with crime but we certainly aren't anywhere near what is being suggested."
He said certain people have been quick to paint T&T in a negative light.
"Check your fact first...look to your source. As leaders in society, we need to know better. It is very disheartening and very disingenuous for people are in positions of responsibility...former ministers to be the first perpetrators of disinformation," Young advised Tewarie.
Reporter: Shaliza Hassanali