MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines Supreme Court said online surveillance by authorities is illegal without a court order and that online libel is a criminal offense, in a ruling Tuesday that allows a cybercrime law to be enforced....
More media organizations, including the New York-based Human Rights Watch, are calling for the immediate repeal of the newly passed Philippine anti-cyber crime law which included internet libel as a criminal offense. “The Cybercrime Prevention Act actually broadens the scope of a libel law so antiquated and draconian that the United Nations Human Rights Council...
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine governor who whacked a broadcaster on the head with a microphone has been suspended for a month. President Benigno Aquino III ordered Gov. Jocel Baac of northern Kalinga province suspended without pay a year after a video showed him bursting into DZRK radio studio and attacking announcer Jerome Tabanganay....
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Two motorcyle-riding gunmen have shot and wounded a radio commentator in the central Philippines in the latest attack on journalists in the country. Senior Police Inspector Stephen Somosot says Fernando Gabio was outside his home in Iloilo city on Friday when the assailants fired three shots, hitting Gabio’s leg. The 62-year-old...
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine men’s magazine has apologized and pulled its cover after critics described it as racist. FHM Philippines said Monday it has decided to change the cover of its March issue which showed a fair-skinned actress, Bela Padilla, in a hot pink bikini flanked by dark-skinned women in black bikinis. The...
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