The Trinidad and Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association, TTPBA, is urging Jamaican media houses to fight the controversial Data Protection Bill, citing the potential for victimization.
A similar bill has been partially passed in Trinidad and Tobago, while the remainder of the bill is being reviewed by their Parliament.
TTPBA Vice President, Kiran Maharaj, says the bill has resulted in the closure of at least one media house, known for criticising the government.
She says under the Trinidadian law, the Data Commissioner has the power to seize equipment from media houses.
She says the law is a threat to freedom of speech. That’s why she is commending the response of the Jamaican media to the proposals.