Mong Palatino

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

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28 September 2014

Laos Joins Southeast Asian Neighbors in Imposing Stricter Internet Controls

The new law will criminalize online criticism of government policies and outlaw "Spreading information that distorts truth or tarnishes the dignity and rights of individuals, sectors, institutions and organizations."

9 September 2014

East Timor’s “Repressive” Media Law Declared Unconstitutional

East Timor journalists and human rights groups scored partial victory when the Court of Appeal ruled that the Press Law passed by parliament last May is unconstitutional.

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.

28 August 2014

Activist Blogger in Vietnam Gets 3 Years Behind Bars for ‘Obstructing Traffic’

A court has sentenced a prominent Vietnamese activist blogger to three years in prison for posing a “serious obstruction to traffic.” Her two other companions will join her behind bars.

13 August 2014

Malaysian Government Threatens to Block Facebook Over “Abuse” Reports

Other legislators want to create a government registry of Facebook accounts or amend the country's Sedition Act to address online hate speech -- moves that would still threaten free speech.

5 August 2014

Malaysia’s Longest Serving PM Repeats Call to Censor the Internet

Dr. Mahathir Mohamad says Web platforms and services are worse for online freedom than government regulation...and that the Malaysian government needs to start censoring the Web.

28 July 2014

Thai Junta Issues New Gag Order Against Media

A new order from the Thai military government bans "criticism of operations of the [Junta], its officials, or any related individual," among other things.

11 July 2014

Blocking Facebook: A Hot New Trend in Southeast Asia?

More and more governments in Southeast Asia are becoming aggressive in their efforts to block Facebook, especially during crisis moments. Netizens should respond by remaining vigilant.

11 June 2014

Malaysian PM Sues News Site for Libel

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is suing Malaysiakini website for libel over reader comments on two articles that paint Najib in a negative light.

31 May 2014

Singapore Prime Minister Sues Blogger for Defamation

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sued blogger Roy Ngerng for defamation in connection to a blog article alleging that the leader was involved in corruption.