The Government and ICAC have started lobbying legislators to avoid any serious relaxation of the so-called 'press gag' law. Legislators including Democrat Albert Ho Chun-yan, Liberal Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee and independent Christine Loh Kung-wai will put forward proposals to relax the controversial Section 30 of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance tomorrow. The section makes it an offence to disclose details of an Independent Commission Against Corruption probe to protect the reputation of suspects under investigation. Attorney-General Jeremy Mathews and ICAC Commissioner Michael Leung Man-kin have written to legislators, urging them to support the Government's proposal, which is aimed at plugging what it said was a loophole created in the anti-graft law by a recent Privy Council decision in the Ming Pao case. According to that decision, Section 30 does not apply to a 'general investigation', that is where the investigation has no identified subject. The Government will tomorrow put forward its proposal to restore the restrictions on press disclosure regardless of whether the investigation has an identified subject. Mr Leung said the Privy Council decision had undermined the ICAC's ability to investigate as the section was previously considered to protect the investigation without qualification of whether there was an identified suspect or not. Mr Mathews said the Government's proposal would strike a balance between freedom of expression and the protection of investigations and reputations. The Government has agreed on some proposals by Ms Loh, such as disclosure should be allowed if the subject is arrested or if a warrant for the arrest is issued.