Withdraw Clause 24 and Bill 28/2016 which criminalises criticism of Fiji's Parliament

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The proposed law (Bill 28 Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Bill of 2016) which criminalises criticism of Fiji's Parliament is now before Parliament for approval.  

Clause 24 of Bill 28/2016 the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Bill says 

"any person whose words or actions defames, demean or undermine the sanctity of Parliament, the Speaker or a committee commits an offence and is liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding $30,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to both, and in the case of a body corporate, to a fine not exceeding $100,000 or to imprisonment for each director and manager for a term not exceeding five years, or to both."

I join other Fijians in asking the FijiFirst Government to put Fiji above their personal consideration and to repeal and remove this Bill. Freedom of speech and the free exchange of ideas is critical to build our fledgling democracy 11 years after the 2006 coup and Bill 28/2016 is detrimental and is an undemocratic fetter or limitation of my right to free speech as a Fiji citizen.

 

This Bill 28/2016 will increase the fear and suspicion in our people and in our nation. It will not build a better Fiji. 



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