Terror, cyber libel, and resisting internet shutdowns from Rakhine to Papua

Philippine journalist Maria Ressa speaks during a press conference after attending the court’s verdict promulgation in Manila, 15 June 2020, TED ALJIBE/AFP via Getty Images

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Cyber libel and Terror Bill in the Philippines

“It is a law so draconian and prone to abuse it could cancel out not just press freedom and freedom of expression, but practically all the protections our Bill of Rights guarantees us. Under this law, we all face the risk of being tagged terrorists for simply exercising our rights and speaking out against wrong.”

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Papua and West Papua internet throttling declared illegal

Malaysia: ‘100 days of intensified silencing’

“End and refrain from the continued use of these intimidating measures and repressive laws to threaten and silence those exercising their fundamental human rights and speaking on behalf of the public and those marginalised in these very trying times and halt all ongoing investigations.”

In brief

The government is trying to use a national emergency opportunity to endorse this bill with the aim of punishing those who berate leaders and politicians, but in our opinion this is to criminalize journalists and all citizens (who) criticize the government.

Focus on gender

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