The Security Bureau has confirmed it will consider publishing a draft version of its controversial legislation for public debate before it is introduced to the legislature for formal scrutiny. Despite the confirmation yesterday, Secretary for Security Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee rejected strong pleas from the Bar Association and some human rights groups for the administration to provide an extra safeguard for freedom of expression amid concerns about the government's proposed offence of sedition. In a written reply to a South China Morning Post query, a Security Bureau spokesman said: 'After the consultation period on December 24, efforts will be made to publish a bill for consultation as soon as practicable.' The spokesman said the bureau appreciated people wanted to see full details of legislative proposals in the form of a bill, adding it was reviewing the proposals published on September 24 in the light of the opinions expressed. There have been strong calls for the Security Bureau to publish a white bill giving the planned wording of the laws addressing Article 23 of the Basic Law. Meanwhile, at yesterday's Central and Western District Council meeting, Mrs Ip rejected calls to incorporate the standards set out in the Johannesburg Principles in the Article 23 legislation. The Johannesburg Principles provide that, subject to two exceptions, expression may be punished as a threat to national security only if a government can demonstrate it satisfies three conditions: the expression is intended to incite imminent violence; it is likely to incite such violence; and there is a direct and immediate connection between the expression and the likelihood and occurrence of such violence. Despite deep concerns people might be prosecuted for just expressing an opinion, the security chief said she found it unacceptable to introduce the concept of 'clear and immediate danger' into Hong Kong. She asked whether 'immediate' danger was similar to the recent Moscow hostage crisis. 'Is it the case that we need people storming the legislature with bombs to call it 'endangering Hong Kong's security'?' she said.