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Carolyn tells bloggers: Identify yourselves

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin

Public Administration Minister Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan has called on bloggers who engage in character assassination to stop hiding and instead, identify themselves when they make comments over the Internet.

"Don't hide behind some anonymous name and then use it to attack people and assassinate people's character. I have a real serious problem with that... It is really unfair to people who have given, who are making contributions, who are in public life," Seepersad-Bachan said yesterday.

Her call came on the heels of questions by reporters about San Fernando Mayor and Congress of the People member Navi Muradali who said he was involved in a recent public argument at the Gulf City Mall car park with his girlfriend.

The chairman of the Congress of the People said several statements were being made.

"I firmly believe in this country, we have to deal with facts more than hearsay. It is a problem that we are having," she said.

A team has been appointed to investigate the allegation, said Seepersad-Bachan.

Earlier, as she addressed the 60th anniversary of the San Fernando Trinidad Muslim League (TML) Primary School, Seepersad-Bachan said technology had the power to harm or help.

She told reporters that technology could be used for scrutiny and to keep checks and balances but not for personal attacks on people with good reputations.

She said bloggers who engaged in the latter, should identify themselves and have their issues debated.

"Have the courage to say what you have to say. Don't hide behind some anonymous name and then use it to attack people and assassinate people's character," she said.

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