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PNG Cyber Laws to be tested in Bougainville

Papua New Guinea’s cyber-criminal laws stand to be tested in Bougainville after allegations of sexual misconduct were levelled against the infamous “Invincible Deal” guru Lindsey Semple on social media.
A Facebook post in The Voice - Bougainville and the Bougainville Forum alleged that Mr Semple was soliciting sexual favours from under aged girls from Central Bougainville.
It is alleged that Mr Semple had to resort to paying “hush money” to the families of these girls after revelations of his conduct became public.
New Dawn FM understands that this was a publicity stunt by a disgruntled individual trying to discredit Mr Semple.
Though no charges have been laid against the individual, who is believed to be using a fake name, if an investigation is carried the person could be charged under the nation’s Cyber Crimes Act.
Under Section 21 (2) of the Cyber Crimes Act a person who intentionally without lawful excuse or justification who uses an electronic system or device to publish defamatory material concerning another person is guilty of a crime.
The penalty for this carries up to a fine of K25, 000.00 and a prison term of 15 years if found guilty by the courts.
This law can be carried forth to the administrators of the social media pages who fail to regulate their content.

 New Dawn FM/ PNG Today
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