Quantcast
Latest Stories

Gambia to jail Internet users making fun of government



BANJUL—Lawmakers in the Gambia have introduced long jail terms for anyone convicted of going online to poke fun at the government or public officials.

Under the new law, Internet users face up to 15 years’ imprisonment and $90,000 fines for a raft of offenses including spreading “false news” against or even “caricaturing” government functionaries and politicians.

People taking to the Internet to impersonate public officials or to commit any offense already deemed criminal will also fall foul of the new sanctions.

“In the recent past, some citizens of the Gambia have waged concerted efforts to pit the people and the security officials of the Gambia against their government,” Information Minister Nana Grey-Johnson told parliament before tabling the bill late Wednesday.

“They do this by inciting the people to engage in unpatriotic behaviour, spreading false news and engaging in criminal defamation against government officials. Such tendencies, if unchecked, are a recipe for chaos and instability in any country.”

A sliver of land nestled within Senegal with a narrow strip of Atlantic coast, the Gambia is ruled with an iron fist by President Yahya Jammeh, who is often accused of muzzling journalists, among other rights abuses.

The country introduced new laws in April criminalizing male prostitution, cross-dressing and the singing of abusive songs in public.


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter




Recent Stories:

UN warns banana fungus spreading from Southeast Asia 2 hours elapsed ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’ 3 hours elapsed Cardinal Tagle to faithful: Join politics to clean it 3 hours elapsed Our Lady of Piat: Centerpiece of Cagayan’s gifts to Christianity 3 hours elapsed Sign maker to be nailed to cross for 28th time 3 hours elapsed 50 Quezon City cops each carry 30-kg crosses 3 hours elapsed AFP: Abu Sayyaf group, not MILF, target of Basilan operation 3 hours elapsed First Fil-Am elected to Sierra Madre, Calif. city council 5 hours elapsed
Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Crime , Gambia , Internet , Laws

  • Sultan Kirat

    Great, now we can send Senator Tito Escalera to Gambia.

  • NEILMCNALLY

    So..be forever vigilant regarding the government’s silent erosion of your perceived freedoms..cyber-surveillance is just part of the schemes to dumb down the population and make it compliant to government wishes.

  • Porky idik idik

    Kung hindi naman Joker ang mga nasa gobyerno katulad ng Pilipinas, hindi na kailangan ang ganyang batas.

  • I_kabod

    LOLZZZ!!!!

  • txtman SUPOTiful Bading

    F U C K YOUR G A Y N I G G A GOVERNMENT GAMBIA!

    O BILIS, IKULONG NYO NA SI TXTMAN!

  • pepito gwaps

    however If the gov’t is very efficient and transparent in governance there will be no normal person who will dare to poke a joke on her…

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    ganitong batas sana ang i-pasa ni nancy binay sa senado!

  • Hinks Boson

    onion skinned



Copyright © 2014,
.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement Advertisement
  1. Did Deniece Cornejo lambast Vhong Navarro on social media?
  2. Mommy Dionisia sings ‘Riking Bull,’sends netizens ablaze
  3. Philippines may watch ‘blood moon’ online
  4. Tech company: Change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  5. Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao scores, takes over social media
  6. Another reason to quit social media this Holy Week: your safety
  7. IT technician found guilty of defrauding firm of P130,000
  8. Online-addicted man arrested over son’s death
  9. SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
  10. Filling the digital talent gap
  1. Did Deniece Cornejo lambast Vhong Navarro on social media?
  2. Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao scores, takes over social media
  3. Nude and so dangerous
  4. Mommy Dionisia sings ‘Riking Bull,’sends netizens ablaze
  5. Memes flourish after Pacquiao victory
  6. Netizens react to Pacquiao’s victory over Bradley
  7. IT technician found guilty of defrauding firm of P130,000
  8. Philippines may watch ‘blood moon’ online
  9. Ireland’s wedding singer priest an Internet hit
  10. Samsung flagship smartphone goes on sale worldwide
  1. #RejectedBbPilipinas2014Questions flood Twitter
  2. Did Deniece Cornejo lambast Vhong Navarro on social media?
  3. Netizens fall in love with Crimea prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya
  4. Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao scores, takes over social media
  5. Nude and so dangerous
  6. Why didn’t missing jet passengers use their cellphones?
  7. Mommy Dionisia sings ‘Riking Bull,’sends netizens ablaze
  8. Russia tries to curb Crimean prosecutor’s Internet fame
  9. Memes flourish after Pacquiao victory
  10. Netizens thank Capa for Lee arrest

News

  • UN warns banana fungus spreading from Southeast Asia
  • Massive infra spending set
  • ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  • Cardinal Tagle to faithful: Join politics to clean it
  • Our Lady of Piat: Centerpiece of Cagayan’s gifts to Christianity
  • Sports

  • Federer would skip tennis to be with wife, newborn
  • Manny Pacquiao in PBA? If so, he’ll wear No. 17
  • PSC sets Blu Girls US training
  • Power Pinoys settle for 7th place
  • Successful coaches to get raise
  • Lifestyle

  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  • The truffled mac ‘n’ cheese, eggs benedict, chicken leg confit are excellent
  • Entertainment

  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Derek more private with new girlfriend
  • ‘Community’ star happy with return of show’s creator
  • Jealousy is kid stuff
  • Mommy-daughter adventure continues
  • Business

  • PH presses bid to keep rice import controls
  • PSEi continues to gain
  • Number of retrenched workers rose by 42% in ’13
  • PH seen to sustain rise in FDIs
  • Gov’t subsidies to state firms fell in first 2 months
  • Technology

  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Tech company: Change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  • Filling the digital talent gap
  • SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
  • Another reason to quit social media this Holy Week: your safety
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • First Fil-Am elected to Sierra Madre, Calif. city council
  • UC Irvine cultural night to dramatize clash of values in immigrant family
  • Filipino sweets and info served at UC Berkeley Spring Fest
  • Milpitas, California kids wrap up a successful run of ‘The Wiz’
  • Netizens welcome Japan’s visa-free travel plan
  • Advertisement
    Marketplace