Tuesday, 23 April 2013 16:49(JollofNews) – The Government of the Gambia has rubbished reports that it has forbidden the use of Skype and Viber in the country.
Online Gambian newspapers last week reported that the country’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has slapped a ban on the use of Skype and Viber facilities in The Gambia.
But according to a statement from Nana Grey Johnson, minister of Information, Communication and Technology, the ban only applies to internet cafes.
Mr Johnson said the ban was necessary to ‘stop the massive loss of revenue to registered internet suppliers by unscrupulous individuals and internet cafes that charge the unwitting public for international calls.
He added: “In the bid to protect consumers and the national interest, PURA have found it necessary to draw the attention of all operators of internet cafes of the criminal act that deprives registered internet service providers of revenue vital to their operations and to the revenue of the national treasury.”
The minister further added that: “Individuals can continue to use Skype or Viber on their personal devises in the enjoyment of the Gambia’s full integration into the ICT culture. The regulator and other concerned units of government are investigating these individuals and Internet cafe owners in order to put in place measures to protect our young users from entrapments of online dating services which leave our vulnerable citizens to pornographic sites, paedophilia, child-trafficking and sex tourism. “
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