PNG Cybersecurity Law to target ‘cowards’ who ‘slander’: PM

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has forthrightly stated that a main thrust of the nation’s new Cybersecurity Law is to target so-called “cowards” on the internet who “bully or slander”.

The law carries penalties for acts such as copyright infringement, electronic forgery, hacking, computer-based fraud, spam and online harrassment.

But it raised immediate concerns among those who claim the new law could violate freedom of expression in references to defamatory publication.

A press release on Tuesday made those concerns real.