Mong Palatino

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

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19 April 2018

Will Singapore's plan to combat ‘deliberate online falsehoods’ stifle free speech?

"…the biggest threat to the stability and growth of the democratic process in Singapore is the government’s control of the media and information."

6 April 2018

With Elections Approaching and Parliament Dissolved, Will Malaysia's Anti-Fake News Law Become a ‘Political Weapon'?

"While this issue should not be ignored, the proposed broad-based law to criminalise the dissemination of news amounts to legislative overkill."

21 March 2018

#SayNOto66d: Documenting the Surge of Online Defamation Cases in Myanmar

The #SayNOto66d website documents online defamation cases in Myanmar while providing information tools to support the campaign to repeal the law.

2 March 2018

Here’s What We Learned from the Online Database of Vietnam’s Political Prisoners

A new data set proves that persecution of dissent increased in 2017.

1 February 2018

Malaysiakini News Site Will Appeal Defamation Case by Gold Mining Firm, Thanks to Crowdfunding by Readers

"This could drive media away from critically investigating and reporting issues of public interest that involved big corporations. This will further shrink the media freedom in the country."

19 January 2018

Reuters Journalists Covering Rohingya Conflict in Myanmar Detained for ‘Illegally Acquiring Information’

"If Myanmar is serious about democratic reforms, it must accept the right of journalists to work freely and report on topics that make those in power uncomfortable."

13 January 2018

In 2017, Samoa's Parliament Made Libel a Crime. How Will This Affect Bloggers and Social Media?

"Concerns about anonymous bloggers should not override the right of citizens to speak freely, without fear of being jailed."

23 November 2017

Malaysian Authorities Blocked Websites Reporting on Massive Personal Data Theft Scandal

"I believe that you have a right to know about it, in a timely manner. Authorities can’t sit on the data for weeks without letting you know on any pretense."

15 November 2017

#StopTheCrackdownVN: Global Groups Call for Human Rights Protection in Vietnam

Human rights groups are stepping up the campaign urging the Vietnamese government to release 165 prisoners and conscience and to stop the persecution of activists and bloggers.

14 November 2017

Facebook's ‘Explore Feed’ Experiment Is Hurting Small Businesses, NGOs, and Political Groups in Cambodia

"By slicing news out of people’s feeds....Facebook has cut off a source of information for millions of Cambodians."