Grenada in the hot seat over its Electronic Crimes Act?

GRENADA – Grenada’s new Electronic Crimes Act has been getting considerable scrutiny worldwide, especially the criminalising of offensive messages sent electronically or over the Internet. On 28 June, the Lower House of Parliament in Grenada successfully passed the Electronic Crimes Act, 2013. However, considerable focus is being given, especially in the regional and international press, to a provision within that Act that makes “sending offensive messages through communications services, etc.” a criminal offence for which persons could be “liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand dollars or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding one year or to both” (Source: This post briefly reviews the Grenada’s Electronic Crimes Act, and discusses the offending sections of the Act that makes the sending of offensive online messages a crime. More