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Facebook user arrested and charged in PNG

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Papua New Guinea Police are warning Facebook users to be careful when commenting on issues on social media.

The warning comes after a man was arrested at the weekend for swearing a government minister on a Facebook page.

The parliamentarian said people have the freedom to comment, criticize and make suggestions on national leaders in an acceptable and lawful manner, and NOT to abuse by swearing or name calling.
He also called on administrators of Facebook pages and groups to monitor peoples comments, as they are duty bound to safeguard others’ rights.
Thirty-one year old Brendan Kadeu from Madang was charged under provisions of violating the Communication Act 2009 and detained.
Mr Duban also the minister for transport and infrastructure, had lodged a formal complaint with police after Kadeu posted abuse and derogatory comments on one of the Facebook groups mid this month.
He was commenting on a newspaper report of Mr Duban investing in agriculture in his Madang electorate, which was posted in the Madang Observer Page.
Police arrested Kadeu at the Jacksons Airport.

He admitted to police making those comments, and his regret.