Strike sedition provision from proposed law • Caribbean Life

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A Brooklyn-based Guyanese group has called for the repeal of a key sedition provision of the proposed Cybercrime Bill that is being considered by the Guyanese Parliament.

In an interview Tuesday with Caribbean Life, Rickford Burke, president of the Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID), said he was astonished by the proposed legislation, describing it as “unconstitu­tional and an offensive infringement on free speech.”

According to Guyanese-born Burke, section 18 (1)(a) of the bill makes it a crime of sedition, punishable by five years in prison, if a person — whether in or out of Guyana — “intentiona­lly publishes, transmits or circulates by use of a computer system or any other means, a statement or…

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