Concerns about St. Vincent and The Grenadines’ cyber crime law

The International Press Institute (IPI) published a post on Aug 16, 2016, about St. Vincent and the Grenadines adopting a Cyber Crime law.

Here are the key points:

  • There is a concern that the law imposes on human rights.
  • The law broadens on existing criminal defamation, provisions to include cyberbullying and cyber harassment.
  • Slandering across any media is punishable for up to two years, but now the new legislation adds online media sources to the list.
  • The issue of criminal defamation has particular importance in the Caribbean, where a similar law was adopted in Grenada.
  • Trinidad and Tobago are now considering similar legislation.
  • It is now viewed that the law must be revised and criminal deformation strip from it.



Contributed by: Tahjay K. Thompson from Jamaica. Tahjay is a member of the CCST Discord group from the G5 Cyber Security Foundation Ltd. Learn more about CCST (Caribbean Cyber Support Team) by visiting CCST is a collaborative group on the Discord platform for Caribbean people in IT, from beginners to experts.

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