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Leave Fake Sources in ‘Lynda Land: Vuniwaqa

The minister was also responding to an article in the Fiji Sun where Ms Tabuya claimed that many Fijian men stayed at home on Sundays to watch porn instead of going to church, among others.
22 Feb 2020 09:33
Leave Fake Sources in ‘Lynda Land: Vuniwaqa
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa and Opposition Whip Lynda Tabuya. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Mereseini Vuniwaqa has asked Opposition Whip Lynda Tabuya to ‘leave her fake sources in ‘Lynda Land’ where facts don’t matter and coronavirus blows in the southeast trade winds’.

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation was responding to Ms Tabuya’s end of the week statement on ‘The Free from Porn Initiative’.

The minister was also responding to an article in the Fiji Sun where Ms Tabuya claimed that many Fijian men stayed at home on Sundays to watch porn instead of going to church, among others.

She claimed that she obtained the figures from a telecommunications company.

However, in an impassioned retort, Ms Vuniwaqa responded: “The attempt by the United Kingdom to block pornography in 2017 was suspended indefinitely in 2019 because of the various challenges that surround a Porn Block.”

She said Ms Tabuya failed to mention this on her Facebook post about porn.

Ms Tabuya had taken to Facebook advocating for a complete ban on pornography in Fiji and citing the UK as an example.

“The experiences of other nations who have tried the same teach us that pornography bans are virtually impossible to implement. There’s been a lot of talk about the sources Honourable Tabuya claims have informed her positions.”

Additionally, all three key internet service providers in Fiji have written to the Attorney-General and Minister for Communications Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

They confirmed they have had zero communication with Ms Tabuya on the subject, nor have they disclosed any statistics to her or anyone else.

Ms Vuniwaqa said: “These three telecommunications companies reaffirmed this position to the media yesterday (Thursday).

“So, I don’t know who she thinks she’s been talking to, but we actually have spoken to the telecom companies, and they’ve explained to us in great detail the many, easy ways anyone can circumvent an internet ban.

“Even if Fiji were to implement any type of ban on pornography, those resources would go to waste with just a few clicks of the mouse. On any computer or smartphone with access to the internet, in just five minutes, a person can download a VPN – a virtual private network – to change their IP (Internet Protocol) address to another country and avoid a Fijian internet block.”

Ban lead to illegal market

She said banning pornography would lead to the creation of an illicit market, solidify traditional perceptions that sex is a taboo and increase subscriptions to VPN’s.

“So, what’s next, Honourable Tabuya? With so many loopholes to avoiding a ban, would Fiji then criminalise the consumption of pornography? Would you propose locking up any of your supporters who watch in the privacy of their homes? I think not.”

Monitoring

Ms Vuniwaqa proposed that Fiji starts with comprehensive sexual education and monitoring of children’s internet access.

She also urged Ms Tabuya to lead the charge by challenging the backward, patriarchal mentalities that dominate SODELPA.

“Please, join us back in reality, where this side of the House is striving to make real, positive progress for the women and children in this country.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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