Quoted on Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 at Agence France-Presse

It is good that international news is picking up the outrage over the Cybercrime Prevention Act which became effective yesterday, October 3. Here are some of my thoughts shared by Agence France-Presse.

Protests at ‘dictatorial’ Philippine cyber law By Mynardo Macaraig | AFP News , October 3, 2012

“This law works against ordinary netizens and disregards, among other things, our right to privacy and freedom of expression,” tweeted Noemi Dado, a prominent Manila blogger who edits a citizen media site called Blog Watch.

Outrage over cybercrime law , September 29th, 2012

“Not everyone is an expert on what constitutes libel. Imagine a mother like me, or teenagers and kids who love to rant. It really hits our freedoms,” Dado told Agence France-Presse.

While harsh criminal libel remains in force in other parts of Asia, Dado said the new law sent the wrong signal in a country that overthrew the military-backed Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship just 26 years ago.

Dado, a lawyer’s wife known online as the “momblogger”, is among a group of critics campaigning for the libel element of the cybercrime law to be repealed.