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8 September 2014

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“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

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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

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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 country."

8 October 2013

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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

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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

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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, if passed into law, would be used to strictly regulate social media.

5 June 2013

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Philippines Offers ‘Enhanced’ Cybercrime Prevention Law

The Philippine government is ready to submit an ‘enhanced version’ of the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act in response to the widespread opposition to the law, saying it will drop the online libel provision in order to focus on organized cybercrimes. Some groups welcomed the news, but others still pressed for the whole law to be scrapped.