Minister of National Security Gary Griffith has invited the various bodies representing the media fraternity, including the Trinidad and Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association (TTPBA) and the Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT), to discuss and listen to their concerns, in relation to Clause 21 of the Cybercrime Bill 2014.
A press release yesterday said, “Minister Griffith shares the firm opinion that press freedom is an integral component in a democracy and as such welcomes comments/concerns in relation to Clause 21, which can be forwarded to his office for consideration, in reviewing the relevant clause.”
It went on to say, “Minister Griffith says the Cybercrime Bill 2014 should not be seen or be used as an “anti-whistle-blowing bill” to muzzle the media but rather as a bill to protect citizens from cybercrimes ranging from hacking, illegal access to data, harassment, extortion via a computer system...computer-related forgery, computer-related fraud and identity-related offences, to name a few.”
The press release added, “The National Security minister noted that this bill is not meant to target media operatives and will in no way affect freedom of the press as offences outlined in the bill will not negatively impact the daily operations of the media.
would like to reiterate that Clause 21 of the Cybercrime Bill 2014 was not intended to take away press freedom but to protect our citizens from harassment online,”