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‘Apps To Catch Snoopers’

Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre communications officer Ricardo Morris yesterday said there were applications available to monitor snoopers and potential hackers for the protection of news websites. “Snooping happens in a
04 May 2016 09:06
‘Apps To Catch Snoopers’
World-press-freedom-day

Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre communications officer Ricardo Morris yesterday said there were applications available to monitor snoopers and potential hackers for the protection of news websites.

“Snooping happens in a lot of ways. There are some apps that you can run on your computer in which you can see the activity of people trying to get into your network,” Mr Morris said.

He was speaking yesterday on campus at the University of the South Pacific in Suva during a panel discussion attended by 50 people to celebrate World Press Freedom Day.

Panellists included Mr Morris, human rights and democracy activist Kris Prasad, executive director of the Fiji Media Watch Agatha Ferei  and Vani Vulaca, of the Bua Urban Youth Network movement.

Discussions were focused on Freedom of Information and Sustainable Development, Protecting press freedom from censorship and surveillance overreach and Ensuring safety of journalists online and offline.

Mr Morris said there was a need for journalists to keep themselves safe from online surveillance and developing good habits of safe online use.

Ms Vulaca, a member of the youth network which has been vocal about the adverse effects of mining in Bua, said: “Freedom of information is a fundamental freedom and a human right.

“Inherently this is bound up with the broader rights of freedom of expression.

“It covers the right to seek and receive information, complements the right to impart information which is the freedom to make information public via the right to press freedom.”

She said the use of social media to advocate on issues and disseminating information they were advocating increased profile locally and internationally.

Panelist Ms Ferei also called on journalism students to be the best in the media industry.

“Whatever role or path you take, and whichever organisation you choose to work in whether its mainstream or NGO’s  or civil society groups or even private corporate work that you become the best. “When you become the best, not just in producing media messages, but also taking responsibility for the message,” she said.

She said this was important for journalists as there were people out there who relied on and trusted information they disseminated.

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