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    Net harassment to earn two-year jail term

    Canberra
    August 20, 2003

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    People who use the internet to harass or menace people will face a two-year jail term under a new federal government e-crime crackdown.

    Protest organisers also will be targeted in the clampdown, with authorities empowered to prosecute people using the net to advocate violent protests or the violent disruption of world meetings.

    While people currently face jail if they use a telecommunications service in an offensive way which menaces or harasses someone, the net has not been covered under the law.

    The government will amend the law to double the punishment for using telco services and the internet to harass people.

    Communications Minister Richard Alston and Justice Minister Chris Ellison said the new offence was part of a package to also crack down on internet child pornography.

    The changes will be introduced to parliament soon, the ministers said.

    "People using the internet to advocate or facilitate violent protests, for example by spreading information on methods of violently disrupting international meetings and attacking police officers protecting such gatherings, including those using the internet to harass or menace others are amongst those who could be prosecuted under the new offences," the ministers said in a statement.

    Internet service providers and internet content hosts would be exempted from the new offence in cases in which they did not know about the content of the material they transmitted or hosted.

    A person who placed material on the net that urged the commission of a criminal offence may also be caught by state authorities for incitement to commit a criminal offence, the government said.
 
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