No Facebook ban: PM

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has stated that the Government will not ban Facebook.

He said this during the launching of the Motukea International Port on Friday.

In his keynote address to the guests at the event, Prime Minister O’Neill highlighted the Sydney to Port Moresby undersea telco cable, which will bring improved internet services to PNG.

The PM said this will allow Papua New Guineans to have strong and efficient internet services.

He went on to say that those active on Facebook will continue to be so as the Government has no intention to ban the social media platform.

PNG made international headlines when it was reported by a daily paper that Minister for ICT & Energy, Sam Basil, announced the banning of Facebook for a month.

The news went viral on social media and eventually onto the floor of Parliament.

In relation to the report, Madang MP, Bryan Kramer, has been referred to the Parliamentary Privileges Committee for an article he wrote on Facebook regarding Minister Basil’s reported comment.

It is alleged the article diminishes respect for Minister Basil and in doing so, diminishes respect for Parliament.

Cedric Patjole