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Police Arrest, Question One Suspect

Police Arrest, Question One Suspect
April 26
12:07 2018

The news made a Cabinet minister, human rights director, Police and women activists outraged, adding that such incidents gave ample reason to get the Online Safety Bill 2018 into law

Police have arrested and are questioning a suspect at the Nausori Police Station, in con­nection with the recent circulation of nude photos on social media.

This was confirmed yesterday by Po­lice spokesperson Inspector Jokata­ma Qio.

The pictures show a female student from a prominent school in the Cen­tral Division naked from the waist down and lying on a grassy patch. Other pictures show the same girl hugging a bare-chested male.

The nude pictures surfaced on the Facebook Messenger App two weeks ago and they continue to be circulat­ed on Facebook by people who were posting comments.

Under the Crimes Decree, porno­graphic material is referred to as ob­scene matter and any distribution is illegal.

The news made a Cabinet minister, human rights director, Police and women activist outraged, adding that such incidents gave ample reason to get the Online Safety Bill 2018 into law.

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa, said this was the kind of mischief that the Online Safety Bill 2018 aimed to address and why it was critical that it was brought into law.

The director of the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission, Ashwin Raj, said the circulation of these nude images “…attests to the significance of urgently passing the Online Safety Bill”.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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