Teresa Mioli published a blog on August 8, 2016 titled “St. Vincent and the Grenadines passes Cybercrime Bill that allows prison sentences for online defamation”.
This blog speaks about a cybercrime bill that was passed on August 12 however it received criticism from opposition, international and regional freedom organizations.
Key points from this article:
- Grenada passed a similar cybercrime bill but had to make amendment due to international criticism.
- Delphine Halgand, Director of Reporters Without Borders was concerned about the criteria used to determine whether someone’s private affairs were exposed.
- Gonsalves responded to the organization that amendments had been made to the clause, saying “the offence of criminal defamation is not a fetter on professional, independent journalists,” and that it does protect citizens who are victims of deliberate defamation.
- Final version of the cybercrime law is now available.
Contributed by Siobhan Wilson from Jamaica. Siobhan is a member of our Women in InfoSec Caribbean (WISC) initiative on Discord. WISC is a non-profit initiative supporting Caribbean women and girls to develop a career in Information Security.
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