Stories about Philippines

7 July 2017

Philippine Senator Moves to Criminalize ‘Fake News’ — Could This Lead to Censorship?

"How does one distinguish between a false report based on an honest mistake and one maliciously spread through print, broadcasting and online?"

7 April 2017

Southeast Asian Leaders Use ‘Fake News’ to Justify Tighter Media Laws and Intimidate Their Critics

Singapore plans to update its Broadcasting Act, Philippine House Speaker is proposing to regulate social media, and Cambodian officials are mimicking Donald Trump by calling unfavorable news "fake".

3 March 2017

Philippines Offers Media Credentials to Bloggers — But Some Suspect State is Trying to Control Online Content

"when analyzed [in accordance with the guidelines]....it becomes clear that contrary views are unacceptable lest they be misinterpreted as provocative."

9 May 2015

Philippines Deports Thai Worker for Insulting Filipinos on Facebook

Some Filipinos in Thailand criticized the deportation: "Offensive, hateful and downright irresponsible as [the remarks] are, they were not criminal."

8 September 2014

“Anti-Selfie Bill” Breeds Discontent in the Philippines

A proposed bill in the Philippines would make it illegal to photograph anyone -- even public officials -- without their permission.

19 February 2014

Philippine Supreme Court Upholds Cyber Libel Law

The Philippine Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of an online libel policy, disappointing and angering media freedom advocates

11 February 2014

February 11: Activists Say No to “Cyber Martial Law”, Digital Surveillance in Philippines

On Feburary 11, Filipino activists and netizen groups renewed their opposition to the anti-cybercrime law which they described as a "dangerous measure that would legitimize cyber martial law in the...

8 October 2013

Southeast Asia: Dictatorships Are Gone, But Censorship Hangs On

Both off and online, censorship is still enforced in several Southeast Asian countries through the use of draconian laws and strict media regulation.

29 July 2013

New Philippine Congress Tackles Digital Rights

After only a week in session, lawmakers have proposed multiple laws that seek to protect user rights online and promote public access to the Internet.

10 July 2013

Philippine Online Harassment Bill Could Threaten Speech

In an effort to protect women and children against online abuses, Philippine Senator Nancy Binay has filed a bill called Electronic Violence Against Women. Some are worried that the measure,...