Online Bill provides safety, says A-G

Attorney-General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum speaks to students at the University of the South Pacific during the budget consultation yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

THERE is a lot of misunderstanding about the Online Safety Bill, says Attorney-General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Speaking to students at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva as Government continued its 2018/2019 budget consultations with tertiary students, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum stressed the Bill had nothing to do with containing freedom of expression or speech.

He said the Bill stresses on people’s safety and it addressed issues such as cyber space humiliation and intimate visual recordings.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also highlighted that police were now looking into a case of a woman where a camera was allegedly placed in her room without her knowledge.

He said generally, women were subjects of such cases.

“So it talks about the definition of intimate visual recordings, the Opposition people were jumping up and down thinking it was some kind of conspiracy that would stop them from talking on cyber space,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“It has nothing to do with that, it’s to do about safety.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the Bill created a reporting mechanism to enable people to raise their issues and complaints.