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Mong Palatino

activist. two-term member of philippine house of representatives. southeast asia editor of global voices

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Latest posts by Mong Palatino

2 October 2015

Thai Netizens Stage ‘Virtual Sit-in’ Against Single Internet Gateway Plan

"The single benefit is to the government and security agencies. They will be able to secretly wiretap, filter, and censor everything that is sent and received by every Internet user."

15 September 2015

Veteran Thai Journalist Detained After ‘Attitude-Adjustment’

"Freedom can't be maintained if we're not willing to defend it," Pravit tweeted on the day of his detention.

21 August 2015

Malaysia Considers Forcing News Websites to Register with Government, As Political Scandal Unfolds

"It is highly unlikely that this move is intended to achieve anything other than the shutting down of criticism."

11 August 2015

Protests as Malaysia Suspends Two Newspapers Following a Corruption Expose

"We must never forget abuses of power today. You can suspend The Edge but you can't suspend truth!"

28 July 2015

Malaysia Blocks News Website and Suspends Two Local Papers for Reporting on Government Corruption

"Our report is based on evidence corroborated by documents that include bank transfers and statements. How can the work we have done be deemed as a political conspiracy?"

30 June 2015

Jailed in Singapore For Criticizing a Former Prime Minister, But Still Blogging

"Everyday my cellmates would eagerly wait for that light to dissipate, knowing that another day has passed, and they’re one day closer to attaining their freedom."

9 May 2015

Philippines Deports Thai Worker for Insulting Filipinos on Facebook

Some Filipinos in Thailand criticized the deportation: "Offensive, hateful and downright irresponsible as [the remarks] are, they were not criminal."

8 May 2015

Singapore Shuts Down News Website on World Press Freedom Day

"The (government's) draconian measures...legitimize excessive intervention by the state and set a precedent for the diminution of our online space."

21 April 2015

Singaporean Teenager Arrested for Making Videos Deemed ‘Offensive’

"Apart from the problems of using handcuffs on minors, is this really a proportional response to a YouTube video?"

Vietnamese Netizens Are Getting Bolder Online, Despite Tough Laws

"Thanks to social media it has become possible and even trendsetting to publicly question the Communist Party’s legitimacy."