15 Aug 2016

Fears of overreach with new PNG cyber crime law

From , 3:05 pm on 15 August 2016

A prominent writer and blogger in Papua New Guinea in Papua New Guinea says he's concerned new cyber-security laws could lead to a crackdown on freedom of expression.

Parliament last week passed the Cybercrime Bill, which seeks to control things like spam, hacking, forgery and computer fraud.

Martyn Namorong, the author of the Namorong report, says such laws are very much needed in Papua New Guinea.

However, he told Jamie Tahana the law has concerning elements, including a section with vague references to defamation that could potentially be used to quash criticism of the government.

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