The clampdown on those who use social media to make abusive remarks at authorities continues with a 17yr old girl due to face the magistrates court in Suva today.
The student allegedly posted Geo-tagged swears on social media which was directed at members of police and army.
The obscene post is in relation to the enforcement of the national curfew currently in force to address the spread of COVI19.
“The student residing in Browning Street, Raiwaqa has been charged with one count of Traffic in Obscene Publications. She will be produced at the Suva Magistrates Court today,” a statement signed by Commissioner of Police, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said.
Since the COVI19 crisis began on March 21 with the announcement of the first patient, Police have kept a close watch on those who use social media irresponsibly.
This latest case brings to four the total number of those prosecuted for social media remarks.
Information from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution show that youths who have reached the age of 17 years “will be considered an adult and will be treated as such, although in some circumstances their young age will be taken into account as a mitigating factor.”
Last week a 24 year old unemployed man of Suva fronted court for making similar remarks on the social media platform, Facebook. He was fined and sent home.
Meanwhile Police investigations continue into the leaking of confidential patient details in relation to patient six and seven.