Mong Palatino

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

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Al Jazeera, Malaysiakini, and Code Blue news websites probed for critical reporting in Malaysia

"The government...should be working to earn the confidence and trust of voters, particularly given how it came to power this March."

Timor-Leste plans to restore criminal defamation law amid concerns about its free speech impact

"This draft law threatens everyone, particularly vulnerable people without political connections or financial resources. "

Malaysia’s new government probes journalists, critics despite free speech pledge

Civic groups argue that the Communications and Multimedia Act is being wielded as a weapon against free speech.

Taiwan refuses to deport caregiver who ‘insulted’ Philippine president on Facebook

"I felt that they listened to what I was trying to say, and it shows that they do value democracy here in Taiwan."

Fiji general cites need to ‘stifle criticism’ in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic

"The COVID-19 pandemic is not an excuse for human rights violations. Excessive force and brutality are unacceptable from any of our enforcement or security forces."

Papua New Guinea’s police minister says two journalists who reported on COVID-19 funding ‘can’t be trusted’

"It is not up to a government minister to decide whether journalists should be fired, and especially when it is because of a report he didn’t like."

Fighting the COVID-19 ‘Infodemic’ in the Asia-Pacific

EngageMedia lists some of the media initiatives addressing the COVID-19 "Infodemic' across the Asia-Pacific region

Malaysia orders ‘stern action’ against media misreporting government statements on COVID-19

"Resorting to censorship, especially in its extreme form, in a time of crisis reflects the insecurity of the government of the day."

Online journalist detained for quoting Cambodian prime minister’s advice on COVID-19

"The Covid-19 crisis must not be used as pretext for getting rid of journalists who do not blindly toe the government line."

Malaysian journalist targeted by hate speech and racist attacks on Facebook

"Timely action by Facebook and other social media platforms is crucial in curbing online attacks, which commonly include trolling and doxing."

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