Mong Palatino

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

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19 April 2017

Thailand Tells Internet Users to Unfollow Junta Critics on Social Media — Or Face Consequences

"This is a ridiculous and oppressive order but I don't want any innocent people being targeted just because they follow my journalism," wrote former Reuters journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall.

7 April 2017

Southeast Asian Leaders Use ‘Fake News’ to Justify Tighter Media Laws and Intimidate Their Critics

Singapore plans to update its Broadcasting Act, Philippine House Speaker is proposing to regulate social media, and Cambodian officials are mimicking Donald Trump by calling unfavorable news "fake".

3 March 2017

Philippines Offers Media Credentials to Bloggers — But Some Suspect State is Trying to Control Online Content

"when analyzed [in accordance with the guidelines]....it becomes clear that contrary views are unacceptable lest they be misinterpreted as provocative."

10 February 2017

Thai Media Groups Say Proposed Law Could Bring Total Government Control of the Press

"Government presence on a press panel and licensing of journalists are never part of a free press."

30 January 2017

Myanmar Activists Say Junta-Era Defamation Law Must Go

"It is not appropriate that a citizen who criticises someone more powerful should face legal action of this kind."

21 December 2016

Thailand’s New Computer Crimes Law Threatens Free Speech and Encryption

"The law's most serious shortcoming is in its giving too much power for authorities to make their own judgement whether certain actions may be deemed in violation of the law."

9 December 2016

Activist Arrested on Royal Insult Charges for Sharing BBC Article About Thailand's New King

Almost 2,500 Facebook users shared the post, but the police singled out an activist calling for the restoration of democracy in Thailand.

5 August 2016

Justice as Usual, or Attack on Free Speech? Debunking Singapore’s Contempt-of-Court Bill

"Leaving people confused over what can or can’t be said will have a chilling effect, whatever the intention of the law, further entrenching a culture of self-censorship and passive citizenship."

21 July 2016

As Constitutional Referendum Nears, Thailand Intensifies Censorship

"If Thailand's military junta wants its referendum to be seen as credible, it must stop harassing journalists covering the campaign and let information flow freely to the public."

7 July 2016

Why Did Facebook Remove a Post Criticizing Singapore Police?

After police searched political activist and civil rights lawyer Teo Soh Lung's home and computer without a warrant, she posted about it on Facebook. Then her post was taken down.

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