Former legislator Myron Walwyn wants fresh anti-defamation laws to be drafted for the British Virgin Islands.
“It is a matter that has to be looked at, and it would require us to revisit our defamation laws taking into account the new reality of social media,” Walwyn said in a political conference last Friday.
In that vein, he said some level of priority should be given to drafting
He made a call on the heels of the 2019 General Elections which was muddied with a number of unsavoury social media memes and messages.
“I would be happy if something can be done in perhaps this upcoming House of Assembly to make sure that something like this doesn’t happen again,” Walwyn said.
He recommended that provisions be made in the law to even penalise persons who forward defamatory messages.
Walwyn, who was unsuccessful in his campaign to get elected for a third consecutive term, said he believes defamatory messages about himself, his family, and the NDP on which he served as leader contributed to his defeat at the polls.
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