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Grenada to punish offensive online comments

By Linda Straker

Associated Press


ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada >> Legislators in Grenada have approved a bill that makes it a crime to offend people through websites such as Facebook and Twitter.

The measure was approved as part of an electronic crimes bill passed late Friday in the tiny eastern Caribbean island. The same bill also imposes penalties on other online activities including electronic stalking and identity theft.

"We have problems when some use the technology to engage in mischief," said Legal Affairs Minister Elvin Nimrod. "We have to put structures in place to ensure that persons and, in some cases, companies and characters are not tarnished."

According to the bill, which is the first of its kind in the Caribbean, complaints about offensive comments would be filed with police. A judge would then decide if the message was offensive.

Those found guilty could be fined up to $37,000 or face three years in prison.

"A person will be able to take that evidence of the posting and use it as evidence in the court," Nimrod said. "People have to act responsibly to others."

The bill also makes it a crime to distribute child pornography, imposing fines of up to $111,000 and a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

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atilter wrote:
oooo - i wonder if the independent and sovereign state of hawaii would ever turn to this tactic? our ACLU and societal "thin-skinners" would have a barn-burner of a wonderful time! and our poor judges - already too over-burdened by heavy court dockets - will simply have to sift through every little utterance to find what to put into the little bag called "offensive language" if this ever reaches our shores. this might happen - if basic common decency, personal accountability, and respect for others continues to go the way of the dinosaur. aaaah - the changing of the attitudes of our times.....???!!! WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO the concept, "the MEANING OF THE WORD LIES WITHIN THE PERSON USING THE WORD and not in the simple and expressed definition of the word imposed or accepted by the general audience or public"...???
on June 29,2013 | 09:23AM
palani wrote:
It's already happened here, atilter, under the guise of HRS §711-1106 and several bills promoted by fromer Representative, now Councilwoman Kimberly Pine. Grenada is just following our lead.



on June 29,2013 | 10:23AM
bender wrote:
I looked at your links and don't see any relation to this article.
on June 29,2013 | 11:04AM
bender wrote:
Haha. Do you think they would be as strct as the StarAdvertiser censors? The SA guideline is to not say anything that you wouldn't say to your mother. Judging from what I see, there's a lot of mothers out there that have very rude children. Given how our judges handle certain issues I'm not sure if having them decide if something was offensive would be prudent.
on June 29,2013 | 10:58AM
5xcalibir2 wrote:
ohh you can still say those things you wouldn't say to your mother....you just have to be creative in disguising it....in other words "a rose by any other name"...err spelled differently"...forgive the pun...couldn't resist.
on June 29,2013 | 02:36PM
Pocho wrote:
on June 29,2013 | 09:31AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Please define "offensive." Since everyone today seems to be offended by something, the definition could be quite long, complex and unenforceable.
on June 29,2013 | 03:16PM
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