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[New post] Blanket censorship of social media announced for all Government workers

WordPress.com bobmakin posted: " According to Radio Vanuatu News today the Public Service Commission is forbidding government workers from accessing social media. This was decided in a meeting of 29 April. In an advisory note, the Acting Secretary of the PSC, Jacques Gedeon, says pub" Respond to this post by replying above this line New post on Vanuatu Daily Digest Blanket censorship of social media announced for all Government workers by bobmakin Memo from PSC announcing blanket ban on access to social media for all Vanuatu public servants According to Radio Vanuatu News today the Public Service Commission is forbidding government workers from accessing social media. This was decided in a meeting of 29 April. In an advisory note, the Acting Secretary of the PSC, Jacques Gedeon, says public servants will no longer have access to unspecified social media sites, and all requests must have the approval of the PSC Secretariat before the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) enables access. This website objects strongly to this position of the PSC. Social media are an important public sphere for debate in Vanuatu. The memo is also vaguely worded, and does not specify how 'social media' is defined nor what sites are to be banned. Many civil servants lack the means to purchase newspapers, others find it difficult to have radio coverage at appropriate times. Furthermore, as we have discovered in recent years, both the broadcasting corporation and governments have at times decided to terminate transmissions at certain levels to save costs. A Right to Information Bill is before Parliament and a blanket censorship of this kind should not be allowed by either the Public Service Commission or the Office of the Chief Information Officer, the more so because of the Prime Minister's stated commitment to provide information to all and wherever they may live. Read more of this post bobmakin | June 28, 2016 at 4:01 pm | Tags: communication, infrastructure, Namatan Film Festival, politics, public sphere, PVUDP, roads, sanitation, Vanuatu | Categories: The Daily Digest | URL: http://wp.me/p2A4RK-1cu Comment    See all comments Unsubscribe to no longer receive posts from Vanuatu Daily Digest. Change your email settings at Manage Subscriptions. Trouble clicking? Copy and paste this URL into your browser: http://ift.tt/294lrOb Thanks for flying with WordPress.com

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