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Need to find consensus to put a stop to abusive use of Internet, says ICT Minister

Date: August 08, 2012
Domain:ICT; Law and Order
Persona: Citizen; Government
 

GIS - August 08, 2012: We need to find a consensus on the modus operandi as regards the Online Content Filtering solution and see at what level we can use this powerful tool to put a stop to abusive use of Internet, said the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Mr Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, during a press conference yesterday in Port Louis.
 
The Minister announced that a forum will be held shortly to discuss this issue with all relevant stakeholders.  We live in a free society but there should be no abusive use of that freedom.  The law is really strict for those who contravene this freedom and ignorance of law is not an excuse, he observed.
 
We are among the top leaders to have adopted the Online Content Filtering solution. Moreover we are working with Interpol to identify all sites decreed as forbidden so as to ensure that Mauritian children are kept safe and secured from harm, Mr Pillay Chedumbrum pointed out.
 
‘The Mauritian ICT sector’s development is on the fast-track.  When we have the ambition to make Mauritius a cyber-island, we have to expect slip-ups from certain people and be confronted to cyber-criminals and professional hackers’, said the Minister.
 
According to Mr Pillay Chedumbrum, it is shameful that there are certain people who make abusive use of internet and think that they can get away with it.  Sectarian issues are well spread globally and given the fact that certain people are making use of ICT which can compromise state defence, public safety and public order, it is crucial for us to react, he stressed.
 
It is recalled that offences committed under the Computer Misuse and Cybercrime Act and under the Information and Communication Technologies Act are punishable by the Mauritian law.  Any person who commits an offence under the Information and Communication Technologies Act shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding Rs 1 million and to penal servitude not exceeding five years, while under the Computer Misuse and Cybercrime Act, liable to a fine not exceeding Rs 200 000 and penal servitude not exceeding 20 years.
 
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: infserv@intnet.mu Website:Government Information Service
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