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online as the “momblogger”, is among a group of critics campaigning for the libel element of the cybercrime law to be repealed.