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PNG Man arrested, charged for Social Media Abuse

A man who allegedly posted false and misleading information on social media was arrested and charged by Port Moresby Police on March 13 after a complaint was filed by Eastern Highlands Governor Peter Numu.

The suspect, 25-year-old Livingstone Fontenu of Avani village, Henganofi, Eastern Highlands Province, was arrested and charged for spreading false and misleading information under section 11 of the Summary Offences Act Chapter 264.

Police are alleging Fontenu posted the comments on Facebook while referring to an election petition case now before the court between the Governor and Simon Sia, a candidate in the recent 2017 national general elections.

Police allege that Fontenu’s comments were not only false and misleading but contemptuous in nature, since the matter referred to in his texts were now before the court of disputed returns.

The Governor was aggrieved by Fontenu’s comments and had filed the complaint at the police station in which police acted upon and traced Fontenu to the Vision City shopping mall where he was arrested.

A lot of people were inconsiderately posting false and misleading information on social media and defaming individuals, causing irreparable damage to their reputation and integrity.

Police are calling upon victims of such abuse to report the matter so police can investigate, arrest, charge and prosecute the offenders.

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