Mong Palatino

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

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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."

Facebook seller wearing ‘sexy clothes’ charged with pornography in Cambodia

"Punishing women for their choice of clothing is part of the root cause of violence, rather than its cure, and must be rejected.”

Philippine media groups celebrate as tech companies accused of cyber attacks pledge to promote press freedom

"This is a small victory in our fight for press freedom. We call on all tech companies not to allow their infrastructure to be used by enemies of the truth."

Controversy in Malaysia: Do Facebook posts about the coronavirus amount to ‘circulating rumors’?

"...while I agree some restrictions are necessary in times of crisis, dragging someone under the Penal Code is unjustified. Restrictions need not be through punitive measures in this case."

Thai journalist convicted over a 2017 Twitter post about a labor conflict

"There is a high level of self-censorship in Thailand… When you forbid freedom of expression… you forbid an open society."

Longest internet disruption in Myanmar’s Rakhine state sets dangerous precedent

"There has been no evidence that the disproportionate decision has had any positive effect on reducing the conflict, which remains pervasive."

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