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Hate speech on social media becoming a concern

06:36 Thu Dec 14, 2017


Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Kelly Vacala

Hate speech containing racial comments and posts that are inciting religious hatred on social media is becoming a concern.

Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission Director, Ashwin Raj says the public needs to watch what they post on social media sites.

Raj also adds that people need to think about the consequence that may result from online hate speech.

“Hate speech has the potential to derail freedom of expression from flourishing and i think that’s something Fiji needs to realize as this will set an important precedent in terms of what people have been posting on social media and its impact on social cohesion and ethnic relations and freedom from discrimination hate speeches.”

At the AG’s conference last week, Police Commissioner, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho stressed some of the difficulties when handling cases that are reported to them.

“One of the challenges of the crime unit and law enforcement authorities is that when complaints are investigated, criminal charges cannot be brought against alleged offenders for the simple reason that there were no express of legislation provision criminalizing the behaviour. We are heading in a direction where policing of crime will be more inclined into cyber space and cybercrime as a national security issue.”

Qiliho says they have received a number of complaints and are looking at ways to tackle the issue.



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