PM speaks about the increasing misuse of social media

PM speaks about the increasing misuse of social media

By Vijay Narayan
Friday 29/07/2016
Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama (Photo: Fijian Govt)

Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama has spoken about the increasing misuse of social media by people to create division along ethnic and religious lines and he has called on people to shame and expose the cyber thugs for creating disunity.

While opening the USP Open Day today, Bainimarama said everyone needs to make a personal commitment to work together – as one nation, one people – if we are to fulfill our destiny.              

He said this means standing up more than ever for ethnic and religious understanding, the cornerstones of any successful nation.

Bainimarama said it also means drowning out the voices of division with a chorus of unity and goodwill.

The Prime Minister said there is a lot of targeted abuse of innocent people on ethnic or religious grounds on social media.

He says social media such as Facebook and Twitter can be a powerful force for good, in keeping people connected and for the exchange of information and ideas.

Bainimarama encourages people to use it as a means of bringing people together.

But he said unfortunately, there are some individuals and groups roaming cyberspace who are trying to stir up hatred against their fellow Fijians on ethnic or religious grounds.

Bainimarama then asked people to do all they can to expose such people.

He said people should confront these messages of hate and their threats of violence.

The Prime Minister said some of these trolls and cyber thugs either act anonymously or steal other people’s identities by setting up false accounts.

Bainimarama said everyone who uses social media should be alert and do what they can to shame these cyber thugs.

The Prime Minister stressed that it is not a question of threatening free speech.

Bainimarama said political criticism is perfectly acceptable and is an important part of our democracy.

He encourages this but he said inciting hatred against someone because of their ethnicity or their religion is a crime under Fijian law and the laws of many other countries, including our bigger neighbours.

Bainimarama said it cannot be justified nor should it be allowed.

He said freedom of expression is a vital component of any democracy and is, in fact, guaranteed in the Constitution.

However the Prime Minister stressed that it is not an absolute right.

Bainimarama said with freedom comes responsibility, a responsibility to keep the society cohesive and protect the rights of every citizen.


Five Squares Father's Day Sale
Five Squares Father's Day Sale

Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
IN DEPTH
2022 Coca-Cola Games
Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association General Secretary, Vuli Waqa says they are expecting around 2,500 athletes from 135 schools to participate in this year’s Fiji Finals.
7 days ago

Commonwealth Games 2022
98 athletes carry the hopes of the nation to the 2022 Commonwealth Games
14 days ago

2022-2023 National Budget Debate
The 2022/2023 National Budget Debate full coverage.
20 days ago
FEATURE NEWS
2022 Coca Cola Games : Holy Cross leads the Girls Division while QVS remains in first place in the Boys Division after Day 1
Holy Cross College from Taveuni leads the 2022 Coca Cola Games medal tally in the Girls Division with 2 gold and 2 silver while Queen Victoria School ...
6 hours ago
LATEST NEWS
FEO launches revamped General Elections app
You will now be able to get the results of the 2022 General Elections on the palm of your hands following the launch of the revamped General ...
6 hours ago

ITF recommends urgent independent review and reform of the FNPF governance structure
A new study of the Fiji National Provident Fund by the International Transport Workers Federation has recommended an urgent independent review and ...
7 hours ago

Tavailagi of RKS sets new record in Sub Junior Boys Long Jump and also qualifies for 100 metres finals
A new record has been set by Aminiasi Tavailagi of Ratu Kadavulevu School in the Sub Junior Boys Long Jump, and he has also qualified for the 100 ...
7 hours ago

Tough tussle in the Senior Girls 100 metres with MGM’s Boletakanakadavu and Saint Joseph’s Sec Seeto clocking 12 seconds
A tough tussle is expected in the Senior Girls 100 metres final tomorrow as Mahatma Gandhi Memorial School’s Kesaia Boletanakadavu and Saint ...
7 hours ago

Inoke of MGM clocks 10.80 seconds and favourite to win the Blue Ribbon event
Waisale Inoke of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial School will go in as the favourite to win the Senior Boys 100 metres tomorrow after clocking the fastest ...
7 hours ago

TOP