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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar says Gov-
ernment is willing to make the amendments to the
Cybercrime Bill which was suggested by media
associations at a meeting last month.
While responding to questions from the media
during the official opening of the Maloney Police
Station last Thursday, Persad-Bissessar was asked
about the progress of discussions on the Cybercrime
The Bill, which is aimed at providing legislation
on internet-related crimes, also contained provisions
which media associations said were in direct con-
tradiction of the constitutionally enshrined right to
freedom of the press.
Following concerns raised publicly by the Media
Association of T&T (MATT) and the T&T Publishers
and Broadcasters Association (TTPBA), Government
Ministers met with the associations to discuss the
Both associations slammed Government for its
lack of consultation on the Bill.
Both MATT and the TTPBA asked for Clauses
Nine and 13 to be removed completely from the
The TTPBA further asked for the removal of
Clauses 22 and 23.
Persad-Bissessar said she had raised the matter
of the Bill in Cabinet last Thursday.
"I asked for a report from the meeting held
with media representatives and I was told they
had suggested some amendments," Persad-
She added: "We said we were prepared to
consider those amendments.
"In fact, I asked Minister Bharath (Commu-
nications Minister Vasant Bharath) to have MATT
put their concerns in writing so we can take
those and move towards making those amend-
"We are very open to making those amend-
ments which had been requested by the media
Last week, Attorney General Garvin Nicholas
also confirmed, in a telephone interview, that
the amendments were being discussed.
Asked about the progress during Parliament
last Friday of the Bill, Housing Minister Roodal
Moonilal said Government was looking at amend-
ing the Bill but still expected it to be debated
before the end of the Parliamentary term.
The current session of Parliament ends on
Amended Cybercrime Bill still on House agenda
9. A person who, intentionally and without lawful
excuse or justification, obtains for himself or
another person, computer data which is not meant
for him or the other person and which is protected
against unauthorised access, commits an offence
and is liable --
(a) on summary conviction to a fine of $1 million
and imprisonment for three years; or
(b) on conviction on indictment to a fine of $2
million and imprisonment for five years.
13. (1) A person who is not authorised to receive
or have access to computer data commits an
offence if he intentionally and without lawful
excuse or justification receives or gains access to
the computer data from another person, whether
or not he knows that the other person obtained the
computer data through authorised or unauthorised
(2) A person who is authorised to receive or have
access to computer data commits an offence if he
intentionally and without lawful excuse or
justification receives or gains access to the
computer data from another person, knowing that
the other person has obtained the computer data
through unauthorised means.
(3) A person who obtains computer data
through authorised means and intentionally and
without lawful excuse or justification gives the
computer data to another person who he knows is
not authorised to receive or have access to the
computer data, commits an offence.
7. Computer-related forgery
(4) A person who obtains computer data
through unauthorised means and intentionally and
without lawful excuse or justification gives or
grants access to the computer data to another
person, whether or not he knows that the other
person is authorised to receive or have access to
the computer data, commits an offence.
(5) A person who commits an offence under this
section is liable --
(a) on summary conviction to a fine of one
million dollars and imprisonment for three years; or
(b) on conviction on indictment to a fine of two
million dollars and imprisonment for five years.
PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar
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