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Police warn social media users threatening Lisa Hanna

Published:Thursday | February 23, 2017 | 2:26 PM
Lisa Hanna

Head of the Cybercrimes Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Inspector Warren Williams is warning persons that it is a criminal offence to make threats on social media.

His warning comes amid threats made by some social media users against politician Lisa Hanna who, yesterday, said the country needs to discuss whether the music of convicted persons should be banned from the public airwaves.

Inspector Williams said persons should be aware that they could be charged under the Cybercrimes Act if they use technology to intimidate others.

Speaking about Vybz Kartel on Nationwide 90 FM yesterday, Hanna questioned whether corruption is involved in the recording of songs by the incarcerated artiste.

Asked whether the music of convicted persons should be banned from the electronic media, Hanna responded, "... I am prepared to have that discussion [with a view of] coming to a decision that says, 'in the best interest of our country, we have to identify what rules are rules and what privileges are privileges.' If you are convicted, perhaps it is [that] your music needs not be played on the radio," Hanna said.  

Since then, some social media users have issued death threats and have promised to withdraw their political support.

Meanwhile, a senior member of the People's National Party told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the party is aware of the threats against Hanna and is taking steps to have the matter properly investigated.