Mong Palatino

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

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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."

Former university lecturer jailed for online posts in Vietnam

Vietnamese authorities continue their crackdown on freedom of expression against ordinary citizens even when they do not engage in any grassroots activism or political movements.

Thai Twitter users face threats over comments on royal motorcade

The hashtag #royalmotorcade trended in Thailand after netizens reported traffic problems caused by a royal motorcade.

Singapore prime minister sues independent news website for defamation

The prime minister is suing The Online Citizen over an article that tackled the leader’s public feud with his siblings.

Tonga threatens to ban Facebook over anti-monarchy posts

"By trying to impose a ban the government will simply make itself look foolish or ineffective."

What will it take to combat digital authoritarianism in Southeast Asia?

"Applied to the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia, digital authoritarianism refers to how the internet has been weaponized in aid of existing authoritarian regimes."

Papua New Guinea PM pushes proposal for social media regulation, citing need to stop ‘fake news’

"The fact is you can't control platforms were information is circulated, attempts to do such undermines the role of democracy and freedom that is enshrined under the constitution."

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.

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