Mong Palatino

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

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14 March 2019

Groups denounce continuous cyberattacks against independent media in the Philippines

"The goal is to deny a public hungry for information the reports and stories it needs to understand what is happening in a country besieged by lies and disinformation."

22 February 2019

Samoa arrested blogger ‘King Faipopo’ accused of defaming prime minister

"New legislation, based on old criminal libel laws from colonial times, forces Samoa leaders to look backwards, not forwards."

22 January 2019

Is Fiji’s Online Safety Act a ‘Trojan Horse’ for online censorship?

"The Act on the surface professes online ‘Safety’, while its vagueness on responsible free speech leaves the act open to being a Trojan horse for online ‘Regulation’ and censorship."

20 December 2018

In Cardinal George Pell's sexual abuse trial, Australian court fails to suppress the ‘nation's worst kept secret’

"The alleged suppression order on #georgepell is allowing fake news and hearsay and speculation take the place of reputable news sources."

11 December 2018

Singapore government threatens critics and independent media with defamation claims

"How can a prime minister be offended by someone sharing a Facebook post?"

21 August 2018

Facebook admits it has been slow in addressing hate speech in Myanmar

"The ethnic violence in Myanmar is horrific and we have been too slow to prevent misinformation and hate on Facebook."

7 August 2018

As Malaysia's new government marks 100 days in office, is free speech still under threat?

"We hope to see a genuine departure from the old oppression, and a transition into a Malaysia where all ideas can be discussed peacefully and our constitutional rights exercised maturely."

25 June 2018

Vietnam’s new Cybersecurity Law could further undermine free speech and disrupt businesses

"Despite the government’s claims, control is at the heart of the new legislation."

8 June 2018

Whether or not Papua New Guinea bans Facebook, critics say free speech still under threat

"If the government is serious about protecting its citizens, then creating an environment where they can safely use the internet should be the goal, not blocking parts of it altogether."

27 May 2018

Acquittal of Fiji Times sedition case hailed as victory for press freedom in Oceania

"It has become quite obvious that the government of Fiji has continued to charge people with sedition to suppress freedom of speech and also political dissent."