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09 June 2018


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JK Domyal

The reason purported by the Information and Communication Minister to shut off Facebook for a month is not a genuine reason. It would be better if he explained the whole truth as to why?

The reason was more than he initially uttered. Let’s take a further step down the memory lane before Facebook became accessible here and reiterated what the public had to say.

News reported by Post Courier and National are rigged and biased towards those in power and do not present neutral information to the general public.

The general public's frustration grew over time since then while those in power smiled to themselves that the Post Courier and The National sealed them from public scrutiny.

After a few years FB became accessible and news updates provided there are in many cases neutral and sufficient for readers. That’s why people spend money to get top ups for their phones and access FB rather than the newspapers.

The catchphrase now is that those in power are not able to control FB and, over time, FB has put them in the limelight of all the things they got away with through the two daily newspapers.

Due to growing frustration by those in power, as the last resort, decided to shut off FB. Pity on Hon Minister Sam Basil. Now the unexposed will still be exposed through FB, their jurisdiction and manipulation will be limited.

Remember your proposal will end up in court and you will lose terribly.

Maclay Lamang

Information is crucial. It has the power to break or to make. This explains why the O'Neill government is troubled when mass information regarding political corruption is made known through Facebook, uncensored.

Unlike the mainstream media, where press censorship and monopolising such information is the editors' paycheck.

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