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Stories about Philippines

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

5 June 2013

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.

28 October 2012

Philippines: Anti-Mining Activist Arrested over Facebook Post

The arrest of a 62-year old anti-mining activist in the Philippines for a 'libelous' Facebook post spawned fears of a clampdown on dissenters through the recently enacted anti-cybercrime legislation.

26 July 2010

Southeast Asia: Sex and web censorship

Regulating internet content today is viewed as an anti-democratic practice but Southeast Asian governments seem able to justify it by invoking the need to save the young from the scourge of indecent sexual behavior.

3 February 2010

Philippine blogger facing libel suit filed by former Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary

Januray 2010- In the Philippines, the National Bureau of Investigation filed a libel complaint against blogger Ella Ganda upon the request of former Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)...