Mong Palatino

Activist and former two-term member of the Philippine House of Representatives. Blogging since 2004 at mongster's nest. Joined Global Voices in 2006.

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Cambodian rapper vows to continue writing critical songs after a year in jail for incitement

"I will not stop writing and singing my songs about my country. I will continue to educate the people through my songs and keep the patriotic spirit going."

Myanmar rappers express rage and resistance against the military regime

"Myanmar hip hop will never be silenced. We come together, not because we are the same but because we are united as one."

Singapore's new law against ‘foreign interference’ threatens to undermine free speech

"The solution should never be to simply give the government more and more and more broad discretionary powers that can be used against citizens ..."

Singapore’s The Online Citizen news website stops operating after government suspends its license

"The licensing regime is simply meant to strike fear in the minds of the would-be donors and subscribers to prevent them from supporting independent journalism in Singapore."

Facebook user gets 18 months in prison for mocking Cambodia’s prime minister

"This verdict is a message that makes those who have constructive ideas or criticisms in relation to social issues be fearful and hesitant and will limit their freedom of expression."

Journalists call for the release of Cheng Lei who has spent a year in detention in China

"We are concerned about the chilling affect her arrest has on the practice of journalism, which has never been more critical."

Released journalists share prison experiences in Myanmar

"Without letting me sleep, they interrogated me for three days. I requested water, which they allowed me only on the third day. I had food only on the fourth day."

Malaysian artists and activists face probe over a short film depicting police brutality

"These ongoing harassments against activists, journalists, and artists attempt to silence our voice and deflect the public pressure on the prevalent cases of custodial death in the past few months."

Myanmar journalists endure attacks for reporting the coup

"We're all just waiting for the knock on the door. Sometimes you hear footsteps on the stairs, it's like they're coming for you: you have this feeling all the time."

Laos social media task force: Will it target ‘fake news’ or censor online criticism?

"The reinforcement of social media platforms’ registration and severe control of online information are another reflection of the digital dictatorship in Laos."

Two Malaysian artists face police probe for online commentary and artwork

"The persecution of artists such as Zunar and Fahmi stifles creative expression, chills public discourse, and undermines trust in Malaysian authorities."

Singapore bloggers crowdfund defamation damages due to PM Lee Hsien Loong

"The contribution to the crowdfunding movement is an example of targeted resistance against the government's financially based persecution method against individuals."

Malaysia’s ‘fake news’ ordinance takes effect amid continuing concern over the COVID-19 state of emergency

"This ordinance strengthens the perception that the state of emergency we are currently in is a smokescreen to curb any form of criticism towards the government of the day."

Cambodia’s internet gateway could intensify surveillance and censorship

"Government surveillance cultivates an environment of fear, creating incentives for self-censorship and directly undermining the ability of journalists and human rights defenders to undertake their work."

Myanmar introduces ‘draconian’ cyber security bill amid growing anti-coup protests

'It can be expected that the true aim of the bill is to repress freedom of expression online and ban social networks.'

Thai woman receives 43-year sentence for sharing audio clips ‘defaming’ the monarchy

"Although her sentence was reduced to 43 years, it’s still too harsh & unnecessary cruel. Should a defamation case land someone several decades in jail?"

Singaporean activist who staged a solo protest with a ‘smiley’ placard charged with illegal assembly

"I barely stayed in the area for more than several seconds. Yet, what I did has been deemed as a public protest by the State."

Solomon Islands bans Facebook for ‘harmful content’

"Do not go into public life and make laws and decisions for your own good or for your own protection as is seen with the banning of Facebook."

Malaysian students face sedition probe over Facebook post urging the king not to interfere in politics

"Academic scholarship and promotion of human rights cannot flourish in an atmosphere of censorship and disproportionate restriction of speech and expression."

Myanmar NGO launches tool for voters to compare human rights programs of parties competing in election

"Our aim is to give the electorate complete information about the political parties’ human rights promises – or lack of promises – so that voters can make a fully informed...

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