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Opposition’s Take On Online Safety Bill Is A Mockery

Opposition’s Take On Online Safety Bill Is A Mockery
May 17
11:00 2018

And no Semesa Karavaki, this Act will not encourage people to partake in immoral activities. This suggestion is laughable

The contribution from the Opposition yesterday on the Online Safety Bill made a mockery of all those women and children who have had their intimate pictures posted online as an act of revenge porn.

The great extreme the Opposition went to, to politicise the Act raises questions on why they opposed the Bill so vehemently.

The Act is not there to stop people from criticising the Government or an institution. It is there to safeguard Fijians – especially women and children – from people who may be out to defame them.

As rightly pointed out by the acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, comments by National Federation Party’s Parmod Chand was shameful.

And it was heartening to see Mr Sayed-Khaiyum defending the women who lived through hell during the coup of 2000.

But, see the Act for what it is. You would not want your child’s naked pictures posted everywhere on social media, would you?

Would you feel comfortable taking your child and the photographs to the police station, as the Opposition want you to? No. You would rather have this matter dealt with as privately a possible. This is what this Act helps you do to.

And no Semesa Karavaki, this Act will not encourage people to partake in immoral activities. This suggestion is laughable. The Bible tells people not to steal but that does not mean we do not have laws regarding this.

NFP Leader Biman Prasad’s argument is that this is a bad law. Tell that to the woman who wanted to commit suicide after finding out that her naked pictures had been plastered all over social media by a scorned lover.

Tell that to a teenager who in peer pressure took pictures in her lingerie which was then put up in a drop box and circulated amongst students in the very university where she studied.

These women now have hope that those people will be taken to task. If nothing, this Act and the punishment will act as a deterrent.

Why was this not done before? Because none of the policy makers were affected by it?

This is a major win for all those women who have been wronged and have had their intimate pictures put up on the World Wide Web. Opposition should not make this out to be something it is not.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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