Mong Palatino

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

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23 April 2016

Malaysia Will Likely Force ‘Political Blogs’ and News Websites to Register With the Government

Human rights groups and media freedom advocates denounced the proposal as a curtailment of free speech, adding that the move reverses Malaysia's earlier stated commitment to promoting Internet freedom.

15 April 2016

Cambodian Human Rights Group Criticizes Telecoms Law

Some observers suspect that the law reflects the ruling party's desire to stifle online discussions as elections approach in 2017 and 2018.

5 April 2016

Posting Photos of Red Bowls on Facebook Is Now Deemed Seditious by the Thai Junta

"The Thai junta’s fears of a red plastic bowl show its intolerance of dissent has reached the point of absolute absurdity."

3 March 2016

Graphic Artists Launch Online Poster Campaign to ‘Free the Media’ in Malaysia

"We feel that the time has come for Malaysians to demand for media and internet freedom in light of the latest assault on freedom of speech in Malaysia."

28 February 2016

The Malaysian Insider News Website Blocked by Authorities for Posting ‘Unverified’ Report on Government Corruption

"Such unilateral action could also be construed as an attempt to intimidate the media against running critical news reports."

13 February 2016

Malaysian Police Threaten Internet Users for Sharing Clown Memes of Prime Minister

"Public scrutiny is part of the democratic process that serves as the foundation of Malaysia. Satirical images and comments made against government official[s] should not be considered as a crime."

12 February 2016

The Troubling Rise of Internet-Related Arrests in Cambodia

"They do plainly illustrate a deeply troubling trend, whereby those who criticize the political elite are routinely being arrested for expressing their views on social media."

29 November 2015

Will Indonesia’s Police Circular on Hate Speech Suppress Freedom of Expression?

"This hands the police a powerful weapon, allowing it to decide what can and cannot be categorized as hate speech, and is absolutely problematic and dangerous."

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.

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