PNG Government Plans To Block Access To Internet Pornography

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Communication Minister encourages ‘responsible’ internet use

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, June 3, 2015) – The Government will address the easy access to pornography on the internet in its proposed cybercrime policy, according to Minister for Communication and Information Technology Jimmy Miringtoro.

"The policy will be tabled in Parliament in August and has already gone through several legal processes," he said.

"The NEC approved it in 2013 and it has gone to State solicitors office to check that steps taken by NICTA are legally correct and can be accepted by policy makers and the international community concerning cybercrime issues."

The Government recently announced that it would block pornography on the internet because it is so accessible.

Miringtoro also called on people to be more responsible when using the internet.

"The public must be responsible when using the internet," Miringtoro said.

PNG is listed one of the most pornography-obsessed country in the world, according to Google Trends in February.

Even though the country has a population of less than eight million and a low rate of internet use, it has the greatest percentage of searches for the words "porn" and "pornography", according to Google Trends.

The report said while there was no research on PNG’s internet porn habits, the situation in other parts of the world suggested that conservative Christian values might actually be driving the desire for pornography.

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