Minister Nasheed expresses deep regret on the failure of the Newspaper Bill
legal Reform Information and Arts Mohamed Nasheed has expressed deep regrets
over the failure of the Bill on Registration and Publication of Newspapers from
becoming a law. At the Majlis session held yesterday the Bill failed to become
law by want of just one vote. 25 members out of 30 members present voted in
favor of the Bill. One member voted against the Bill while 4 members abstained.
was also issued by the Information Ministry regarding the failure of this Bill
saying that it has been two years since the government has been trying to pass
the Bill to establish an easy and a more reliable way of registering newspapers
statement expressed dismay at the failure of the Bill especially after being
debated on at 4 Majlis sittings, discussed at 12 sessions of Social Affairs
Committee with 2 amendments incorporated. In this regard the statement noted
that a lot of man hours go in to the design, prepare, research, debate,
improve, and defend the Bill and that parliament as an institution spend a lot
of time, money and energy on the bill. Further the statement expressed regret
see a non-contentious bill, which has no apparent controversies, get passed due
to poor attendance or lack of interest in the process.
The bill on Registration and Publication of
newspapers was part of the media pack of laws proposed in 2006 and was accepted
by Majlis last year after significant debate. It had undergone substantial
improvement and refinement thereafter in the parliamentary standing committee
on social affairs. According to the information Ministry's statement issued
yesterday work to make the bill in to law will be continued and that it will
soon be sent to Majlis.