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Is there a Mauritian website where we can report corruption at national and personal level?

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xuser3483 23 Jun 2012

just like the Indian website http://ipaidabribe.com

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Peaches 24 Jun 2012

Haha is it April Fools? Report corruption? Nothing will be done, I too agree that there is far too much and no-one is willing to do anything about it but its just the way the country is I'm afraid.

My neighbour once reported her council that her rubbish wasn't collected and they were forced to come back and pick it up. The following week they deliberately ignored her trash. Just an example of speaking out and making a genuine complaint, it gets you into more trouble than its worth.

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sphinx 24 Jun 2012

Not done yet because they'll be flooded with complaints, lol. Server will crash same day it's launched, haha

gices 23 Jun 2012

No, we don't have this facility at the moment. Mauritius has laws against libel and anyone thinking of doing such a website should be really careful and seek legal advice, otherwise they might have to spend money settling cases in court.

Also note that we have not reached the stage where online services is reliable in the country. The government says it's moving to e-services but most of the time these e-services do not live up to their name. Try contacting any department by email and you can wait weeks before you get a reply back (if you ever do).

I know the passport office has a hotline to report corruption though. Other departments could have similar facilities but they don't make it easy for people to report bribe cases and corrupted officials.

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xuser3483 23 Jun 2012

Then it should be heavily moderated.

Computer literacy is another thing. The main concern , I believe, is the willingness of the people to participate for the cause.

gices 23 Jun 2012

Heavy moderation means a lot of work. You're going to need full time staff to check each and every post and that's going to be a killer.

Moderation will kill the spirit of such a site because there won't be freedom of speech. You won't be able to name and shame. So what's the point?

Khush_Mendossa 23 Jun 2012

Would have suggested icac but after the medpoint scandal it has lost all its value.

Is there such a site for mauritius? If no then it needs to be done.

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xuser3483 23 Jun 2012

I was thinking more of a community-driven website like the one I mentioned or like Les Observateurs France 24 where people can write articles and expose corruption online anonymously rather than to an organization.

Apparently there is no such thing yet, but like you said, it needs to be done.

gices 23 Jun 2012

Doing the site is easy. The legal aspect is the main hurdle. Perhaps you're not aware but there have been a few cases in Mauritius where webmasters were asked to remove defamatory content from their sites or face being sued in court. So who'd be willing to take that risk?

Khush_Mendossa 23 Jun 2012

If we have proof then we have the power. If we have proof then the public will be with us. Will the authorities go against the public? No. Solid Evidence is everything. Else a website that publishes things that fall into the 'democratic and freedom of speech' domain is most welcomed for a start-up.

gices 23 Jun 2012

Ideally, in a perfect world, you'd be correct. Practically this won't work. Many who have tried to change the system here have had to flee the country, others were forced to bow down.

You heard about the 10,000 youths who tried to make a stand for a better society some months ago, right? What happened to them?

You think the public will fight with you for the right cause? Think again because you'll be on your own when the time comes.

Don't get me wrong as I sincerely want a better society but you also need to be realistic.

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sarah_7 10 Nov 2019

that happened to these youths?