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Jamaica Coalition for Healthy Society wants Cybercrimes Act reviewed

Published:Tuesday | March 21, 2017 | 10:01 AM

The Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, has joined in the controversy over the provisions of the Cybercrimes Act saying they are vague and may be used to suppress citizens' right to free speech.

The Coalition is therefore urging law makers to review the law to ensure that it is clear and precise and does not facilitate the abuse of citizens' right to free speech.

The concern of the advocacy group comes in light of the recent arrest of Tambourine Army co-founder, Latoya Nugent for breaching the Cybercrimes Act.

Nugent was arrested and charged with malicious use of computers under the Cybercrimes Act, by detectives attached to the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch.

She has been released on bail pending trial.

The police say the charge stemmed from complaints about alleged defamatory comments she made online about alleged sex abusers.

On the weekend, human rights lawyer Tenesha Myrie also raised concern that some of the provisions of the Cyber Crime Act seem to be allowing the criminalisation of defamation.