Mala calls for net censorshipApril 28 2010 at 10:29 AM
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Control emails, internet, says Mala
By PISAI GUMAR
THE increase and accessibility to media technology using emails, internet direct from satellite or cyber space are real concerns because control mechanisms are almost non-existent, Chief Censor Steven Mala said.
“Parents are also not policing the use of these technological gadgets and employers are also not properly policing the use of the internet at places of work,” Mr Mala said at a National Censorship Board (NCB) meeting in Lae last week.
He said that setting policy guidelines regarding these matters need the assistance of other stakeholders and the community as well because it would encompass traditional customs and norms as well.
“The policy intends to promote an information and communication system that protects Papua New Guinea’s social norms and values and shields its citizen from all forms of harmful material coming in from outside.”
The meeting agreed that despite the media being helpful on one hand, it was also a dangerous medium that could easily influence people in a bad way.
Morobe administrator Kemas Tomala said the Government’s information and communications technology policy did not have control over channels and mediums being used in the mass media, meaning that young people were accessing information that should not be available to them.
Mr Tomala said that while parents were failing to monitor their children, these young people were eliciting both good and bad information from DVDs, VCDs, CDs, newspapers, public acts, plays and
drama, including emails and the internet.
He said this had been a growing concern for the NCB since its establishment in 1989.
The meeting was NCB’s fifth policy review workshop for the Highlands and Mamose regions.
It was told that necessary paper work were
now in place for a law to control and monitor information accessibility.
Mr Tomala said laws were needed to serve as pillars for guidance and direction.
The two-day workshop facilitated by the NCB was attended by senior officers from the provincial community development offices from as far as West Sepik and Southern Highlands provinces.
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|April 28 2010, 10:34 AM |
These idiots don't understand how the internet works. How are they going to censor sites in other countries? How can you stop emails from Google or Yahoo?
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