Mong Palatino

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

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15 May 2019

Singapore parliament approves ‘anti-fake news’ law — will this curtail free speech?

The law gives broad, unchecked powers to government ministers to determine what online information is "false" and should thus be censored or corrected.

8 May 2019

Despite the release of detained Reuters reporters, free speech remains under threat in Myanmar

"...the case of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo is proof that journalists are in constant risk of political reprisal for keeping power in check."

4 April 2019

Animated film explains how Myanmar's Telecommunications Law undermines free speech

"The law is frequently used by the powerful to silence dissent, and with more than 100 cases filed, its chilling effect on free expression is widespread."

28 March 2019

Facebook comment about throwing an egg at Singapore minister triggers police probe

"To be honest, I don't feel much regret. I feel it's a matter of freedom of speech, and that we have a right to voice such opinions."

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."