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Education minister calls for law against cyberbullying

Education minister calls for law against cyberbullying

Taipei, April 23 (CNA) Minister of Education Wu Se-hwa (???) said Thursday that he would back legislation against cyberbullying, if Taiwan decided to introduce such laws. He was responding to reporters' requests for comments on the death Tuesday of model and actress Cindy (???), who allegedly committed suicide after a verbal attack was launched against her on social media. In this digital era, there are various avenues for exchanges and communication of personal views but a special feature of the Internet is that it allows a certain kind of anonymity that may fuel cyberbullying, Wu said. He said Yang's case highlights the problem of cyberbullying and the need for new regulations to protect personal freedom. Meanwhile, the Taichung District Prosecutors Office said cyberbullying is recognized in Taiwan as a potentially indictable offence and it will launch an investigation into the circumstances of Cindy's death. Chang Hsiao-wen (???), chief prosecutor at the office, said cyberbullying that involves rumormongering may constitute an indictable offense such as public insult or libel, but only if a complaint is lodged by the victim's spouse or relatives. In an apparent suicide note found Tuesday near Cindy's body, she said she had been a victim of cyberbullying and wanted, through her death, to turn a spotlight on the dreadful power of that practice, her brother revealed Thursday. (By Chen Chi-chung, Liao Ren-kai and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-23 04:36 GMT+08:00