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Opposition submits alternative report on proposed anti-gang law

Published:Wednesday | February 5, 2014 | 2:14 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

In their report on the inclusion of Clause 15 of the anti-gang law, Opposition members argued that the State could codify existing common laws banning the production of music that incites violence.

They argue that it is already a criminal offence to incite others to commit crime whether in song or by written statement.

They say the danger with the proposed clause is that it is limited to inciting the activities of a gang only and not persons generally and that it also targets songs rather than other forms of incitement.

They say the current proposal could be easily interpreted to mean censorship of art forms as judges would have to determine how a song promotes or facilitates a gang’s criminal activity.

They are suggesting that the legislation could be drafted of existing common laws outlining the penalties for breaching the law while covering all forms of incitement whether in music or otherwise.  


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