Amid what it said are increasing complaints from members of the public, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has renewed its appeal for people to use social media responsibly and lawfully.
“Increasingly, the police have been receiving complaints from members of the public that their images – along with incorrect information – are being circulated on social media networks. One recent case featured an image of a member of the JCF, who was wrongfully labelled as a criminal suspect,” the JCF said.
It noted that the aforementioned images are ‘extremely distressing’ for law-abiding people, and also cause severe discomfort for their families. The images may also compromise ongoing criminal investigations.
The JCF continued: “The public is being reminded that the right to freedom of expression and freedom of speech is limited by the provisions of legislation such as the Cybercrime Act and the Defamation Act. Persons who knowingly and/or maliciously circulate photos of persons may be arrested and charged or may face civil lawsuits for defamation of character.”
The JCF, in the meantime, noted that it welcomes members of the public to give the police information that they deem useful to investigations, or which highlights suspicious persons or activities.
“This information should be shared directly through the established channels such as Crime Stop or with the JCF social media pages,” added the JCF headed by Major General Antony Anderson, who is pictured above.
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