T&T Broadcasters Urge Jamaican Media to Fight Data Protection Bill


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.

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She says under the Trinidadian law, the Data Commissioner has the power to seize equipment from media houses.

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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.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.