National Information and Communication Technology Authority (NICTA)

Social media users warned

Minister for Information and Communication Technology, Timothy Masiu warned in a media statement released this evening. He issued the warning today, citing significant evidence of serious abuse of social media, spreading false information that led to destruction of properties in Port Moresby and parts of the country resulting also in deaths

No further extension to SIM registration: NICTA

He said this at Yangoru Secondary School in East Sepik Province.

Punaha, who was travelling as part of the Planning and Monitoring Minister Richard Maru’s delegation, urged locals to immediately register their SIMs.

“If you do not register your SIM cards by the end of this month, I feel sorry for you, but your service will be disconnected.

“Do not blame me or the service provider. It will be your own fault,” said Punaha.

No more SIM rego extension: Basil

Basil noted a spike in registration in December 2017, when the initial deadline was set for December 31st, 2017.

But with almost 1.5 million subscribers yet to be registered, the deadline was extended twice.

The current date is set for April 30.

The state and the National Information and Communication Technology Authority (NICTA) have partnered with the PNG Council of Churches to push the registration into the outmost parts of PNG using the churches’ network.

Act will not censor social media: NICTA

Charles Punaha, the National Information and Communication Technology Authority (NICTA) CEO, said the Act, passed by Parliament in 2016, will not be a form of censorship on mainstream and social media. 

“We respect freedom of information and speeches as provided for under the Constitution, but let me also specify that those freedom are referred to by law as qualified rights, meaning that people should not abuse those freedom to commit (crimes) against other people,” Punaha said.