Wednesday, August 21, 2013

No Free Speech in the Philippines

"New Philippine Internet law could lead to jail for Facebook, Twitter postings" by Floyd Whaley  |  New York Times, October 04, 2012

MANILA — A Internet law went into effect in the Philippines on Wednesday that critics say could lead to imprisonment for activities like sharing Facebook and Twitter posts.

The new law, the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, sets penalties for computer-related crimes including child pornography, identity theft, online fraud, and illegal access to computer networks.

But critics are concerned about the law’s provisions related to libel, which in the Philippines is a criminal offense that can result in imprisonment. They said the law applied the existing legal definition of libel to the online activities of individuals, meaning that if a comment on Facebook or Twitter were deemed libelous, the writer of the item and those who shared it could be prosecuted....