Be careful with what you post


I WISH to comment and offer caution on citizens on the existence of the Cybercrime Code Act.
When more people are engaged in virtual conversation and exchange of information freely express citizen’s views, I wish to caution all users to be very careful in directly calling names and posting information based mostly on hearsay basis, which can easily become very fatal.
If you post using various names and once it is exposed and brought to court, and if properly prosecuted, the penalties are severe.
It has become common in many Facebook pages, blogs and other social media platforms where politicians and bureaucrats are accused of misconduct.
Of course, you are entitled to your views.
However, if any of your allegations do not have any substantive evidence, it would be fatal once subjected to scrutiny under the Cybercrime Code Act.
Leaders in Enga are constantly under attack.
Voters have the right to assess their performance and criticise their leaders, but more often, posters use aliases to attack people.
I do not think this is right.
Leaders and other people have every right to report false allegations.
You have the right to comment on your leaders’ performance, but it has to be constructive rather than posting allegations without proof.
Let us be careful with what we post.

Koreken Levi,
Media/Cybercrime Law,
University of Papua New Guinea