repeal/replace the cybercrime prevention act of 2012


SC issues TRO vs cyber law

Oct. 9, 2012

The Supreme Court on Tuesday stopped for 120 days the implementation of Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

Read more{Philippine Daily Inquirer}

The road to the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012

It took 11 years to pass the suspended Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, but it took only days to insert the law’s controversial provisions on online libel, heavier penalties for other online crimes, and the so-called “takedown” clause, which authorizes the Department of Justice to block or restrict access to websites that contain harmful content based on prima facie evidence.

Read more. {Rappler}

Via Rappler.

PNP FB Admin First to Abuse Cybercrime Law Thank you, PNP, for proving that the Cybercrime Prevention Act (AKA Cyber Martial Law) must indeed be stopped. {Filipino Freethinkers. Read all of the updates.}

THE CYBERCRIME Prevention Act of 2012 is the worst assault on free expression since Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law 40 years ago if only for its potential to affect the 26 to 30 million Filipinos, including journalists,  who regularly access the Internet to upload information through personal blogs or news sites, who comment on public issues in chat rooms or social media, or even those who communicate via email. Read more here. {CMFR}

“The cybercrime law needs to be repealed or replaced,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “It violates Filipinos’ rights to free expression and it is wholly incompatible with the Philippine government’s obligations under international law.” Read more here. {Human Rights Watch}

A controversial provision in anti-cybercrime law slipped under the noses of legislators in the Senate. Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero himself admits his oversight when he voted for the approval of Cybercrime Prevention Act. “It was a mistake… I don’t want to give any reason or motive (why some senators inserted that provision),” Escudero explained.
“I will just admit our shortcomings, personally, because I can’t speak for other senators,” he added. Read more here. {Yahoo News}

“Instead of bringing its libel legislation in line with its U.N. treaty obligations, the Philippines has set the stage for further human rights violations by embedding criminal libel in the ‘cybercrime’ law,” said Arradon. Read more here. {Amnesty International}

8 Things I Found Out While Attending the Cybercrime Forum {}

“I don’t agree to scrap online libel (in anti-cybercrime law),” Aquino said. Read more here. {SunStar}

Some say that Malacanang’s attitude to both bills reflects a wariness of both established and social media. When I asked him why Malacanang did not make FOI a priority, one Palace official, without invoking confidentiality, told me flat out that the Palace had problems with the bill because “the press already has too much power.”  This person might have merited an A+ for frankness but an F on free speech and freedom of information, which are among the pillars of a democracy.

How much of Malacanang’s lack of support for FOI stems from the President himself? And was it the President himself who insisted on standing firm on the libel provision? Or did his stand on both issues come mainly from bad advice? Read more here. {Philippine Daily Inquirer reprinted on Focus on the Global South}

Amazing that a bill that assaults our freedom can be signed into law by “mistake”. Amazing that this law can put more important bills – the reproductive health (RH) bill, the freedom of information (FOI) act – on the back burner. Amazing that this country is still standing!

Do the right thing, Senators.

President Aquino, I voted for you – and now I’m ashamed that I did.

Via Sen. TG Guingona.

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