Monitor online communications that may incite communal and religious antagonism - Rabuka

Monitor online communications that may incite communal and religious antagonism - Rabuka

By Rashika Kumar
Friday 15/03/2024
PM Sitiveni Rabuka stresses a point while delivering his right of reply in parliament [Image: Parliament of Fiji]

Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka says we must all recognise that freedom of speech comes with responsibility, and the authorities must continue to monitor online communications that may incite communal and religious antagonism and enforce the relevant law accordingly.

While speaking in parliament, Rabuka says concerns have been raised by some MPs on the propensity of racial vilification on social media.

The Prime Minister says during the debate they heard mention of the ills of the society, the woes of those in the rural areas who still do not have good roads and other facilities.

Rabuka says if we respect and appreciate each other's different views, we will surely find common ground towards achieving our common goals for the betterment of the country.

He says this is the essence of democracy and of parliamentary debate – the battle of ideas out of which comes the best solutions.

Meanwhile he says the call to review the Constitution does not mean that the Government disrespects the processes that are required for the amendment as laid out in the Constitution. Rabuka has reassured the nation that the Coalition Government will continue to abide by the Constitution and the rule of law.

The Prime Minister says the Constitution empowers the cabinet to refer a question of law to the Supreme Court.

He says the government has come under fire on some of the issues raised on government appointments and they have asked the Supreme Court to rule on it.

Rabuka has also assured the Opposition that their constructive suggestions and recommendations will be considered by the Government as they move forward.

The Prime Minister says the People's Coalition is not afraid to admit their weaknesses and they acknowledge the mistakes they have made and are willing to take on the views expressed by any member of the society and all Members of Parliament and act accordingly.

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