A small nation is struggling for digital freedom.
Concerns about the freedom of the press, citizens’ privacy on the Internet and media censorship are already severe in the Western world, as revelation after revelation about PRISM, so-called ‘lobbying transparency’ legislation and press regulation proposals develop in various countries. However, these pale into insignificance when compared to Grenada’s Electronic Crimes Act, passed earlier this month.
The draconian legislation has attracted blistering international condemnation due to the totalitarian nature of the provisions within it. Under the act, sending any electronic communication which could be considered an insult (to its recipient or anybody else), regardless of whether it is true, will be punishable by one year’s imprisonment. “Annoying” someone else on the Internet attracts a three-year sentence, as does posting any information that is untrue and could create “ill will”.
In otherwise, Grenada has banned satire. It has banned debate. It has banned the shaming of wrongdoers. Such a level…
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