Blanket censorship of social media announced for all Government workers

Announcment from PSC of blanket ban on access to social media for all Vanuatu public servants

Memo from PSC announcing blanket ban on access to social media for all Vanuatu public servants (english translation can be found below in the comments to this story)

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.

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Vanuatu youth leader receives Queen’s Young Leader Award at Buckingham Palace

Queen Elizabeth greets Mary Siro at last Thursday's ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London. Photo: BCA

Queen Elizabeth greets Mary Siro at last Thursday’s ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London. Photo: BCA

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Vanuatu amends International Companies Act to tighten controls against money laundering

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Lessons learned from Cyclone Pam; Lambubu School on Malekula gets satellite internet

Image taken from cover of Lesson Learned report

Image taken from cover of Lesson Learned report

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Drought-affected schools get mobile desalination units; Govt considers adding more seats, more ministries

Ni-Vanuatu children drinking water. Photo: Live and Learn Vanuatu

Photo: Live and Learn Vanuatu

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Response from Vanuatu Registry Services Ltd to the PM’s statement on CIIP in Parliament

It is a sad day when Vanuatu’s Prime Minister resorts to the privilege afforded to statements made in Parliament to repeat a defamatory statement made by “others”.

The allegation that “… the monies have been retained by the agent, presently seeking judgement against the government through court hearings, have been moved to Caribbean tax havens, others reveal” is wholly and utterly Read the rest of this entry »


Air New Zealand considers resuming charter flights to Vila

Air New Zealand Boeing 787

Photo: Masakatsu Ukon/Wikimedia Commons

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