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Media owners call for Cybercrime Bill to be revised

by | Jun 18, 2014

news 1The Trinidad and Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association has expressed concern over the Cybercrime Bill.

According to the TTPBA  the media can be muzzled and the profession of investigative journalism can be undermined if this law is passed.

The association noted that after review of the Bill, it concluded that no apparent thought was given to the repercussions of a free media or to the role of the media as watchdogs of the nation.

The association also suggested that government engage media associations and other stakeholders to redraft and revise the current Bill.

However in a recent statement Minister of National Security, Garry Griffith said the Cybercrime Bill is in no way geared towards muzzling the media.

According to the minister, it is meant to protect citizens from those who lurk online and seek to harass citizens.

He added that Clause 21 in no way intends to limit the freedoms of the media, and reiterated that the freedom of the press is not only respected but is vital in today’s world.

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