Latest posts by Mong Palatino
"In this system, journalists are expected to conform to the contours of power rather than challenging them."
"The SIM registration law cannot be “fixed” without having serious implications on our right to privacy and communication."
"What is more worrying is the fact that much of the so-called 'offending' content is mere reports and opinion pieces deemed critical of the government."
"I miss the sun. In my cell, sunlight shines through the window but I can stand in it for only 10 hours a year. ... Most of all, I miss my children."
Seven Southeast Asian media organizations have launched pfmsea.org, a joint platform to monitor press freedom across the region.
Matty Healy, the vocalist of the British band, The 1975, opened their performance in Malaysia by ranting against the country’s anti-LGBTQ+ laws in a profanity-laden speech and kissing his bandmate onstage.
A new website was launched by the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) amid the forced closure of independent media outlets and the dismantling of civic spaces in Cambodia.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen deleted his official Facebook account after Meta's Oversight Board recommended his account be suspended for six months after he shared a video inciting violence.
"…information disorders have been weaponized for political gain, while oppressive governments have tried to control the internet, particularly through social media, and crackdown on dissidents using digital surveillance as tactic."
"Some of Fiji's best journalists left the industry as a result and the media still carry the mental scars today from that very disturbing period."
"We urge Meta to cross check systematically all reporting on human rights NGOs pages such as Viet Tan to avoid falling in trolls’ trap."
"(The government) can run media organisations to bring its own message out, but it should never exert control over the entire industry."
"We believe that the closure of VOD would represent a grave step backwards for both press freedoms and the rule of law in Cambodia."
"The international community must renew its commitment to Myanmar and protect and defend the courageous journalists who are risking their lives to report on the regime’s ongoing human rights abuses.”
"It is LICADHO’s belief that the music video is not incitement, and is protected speech under the Cambodian Constitution. We are saddened by this restriction on freedom of expression."
The new decree is “another tool of control for the authorities to silence critical dissent, and a reflection of the digital dictatorship in Thailand.”
The removal of posts “exposes how the so-called community standards of Facebook are arbitrarily invoked to silence activists and revolutionaries.”
"To provide coverage of the protests, citizen journalists stepped up do the job themselves. The result was a truer coverage of events."
“...the culture of impunity in the country has made members of the press easy targets by vested interest groups who want to hide the truth.”
"This has nothing to do with "demeaning coverage" and everything to do with a government in Honiara allergic to scrutiny."