The Police are calling upon members of the public to be more responsible in their actions and to desist from using social media and other electronic platforms to create and disseminate false and misleading information concerning the Coronavirus.
Such practices are not only seen as malicious and deliberate acts to create unnecessary panic and fear within society, but are also offences under the Electronics Crimes (Amendment) Act of 2018.
Section 4 of The Electronics Crimes (Amendment) Act state that it an offense for anyone to intentionally without lawful excuse or jurisdiction send messages or information created or transmitted or received on an electronic system or electronic device; including attachments in text, images, audio, video and any other electronic record which may be transmitted with the message.
Anyone found guilty of committing an offence under this Act is liable upon summary conviction to a fine not exceeding two hundred thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years, or both; or upon indictment, to a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years, or both.
The cooperation and support of the public is expected going forward in order to ensure accurate and reliable information is received from the relevant authorities.
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Any information I have seen on social media so far about the corona-virus, they normally comes out of Jamaica and American. They’re mostly humorous to keep people from stressing or worrying. If there are malicious ones, I have not come across them yet.
If, by chance, I send an electronic message that contains inaccurate information about COVID-19, please request the Police to advise WHAT CRIME I may have committed. Have I slandered anyone? Have I threatened anyone? Have I circulated a photo of someone in a compromised situation?
This appears to be over-reach on the part of the Police, acting on the instructions of the political directorate. The public would be better served if the Police focus their attention on investigating all the corrupt activities, and creative self-enrichment schemes, which have been hatched by our politicians.
The revenue lost by the state, as a result of those corrupt practices could be used to bring relief to those persons who will lose income resulting from the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.
They want to control the narrative when they roll out mandatory vaccinations. Please dont take it.
Sir….. you have just committed an offense under the “Electronics Crimes (Amendment) Act of 2018.” Pay $200,000xcd or report to 1735 for a period not to exceed 3 years. 🤣🤣🤣
There are some things in life that one cannot control. But you must try he?
1 Prank calls to EMS, and fire service.
3 The idle mind
So, be effective in giving official information
1 Give as much details as possible.
2 Speak the truth.
3 Hide nothing.
4 Be clear and use simple language.
5 Utilize all means of communication.
This is a good place to start in countering false information.
Hmmm…..According to how this “Electronics Crimes (Amendment) Act of 2018” reads, ANYTHING you post can be considered an offense if there is a complainant.
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