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[OPINION] How social media users can protect themselves from the anti-terror law

Jul 07, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'What should the people do? Should they delete their old posts or make their accounts private?' That may not be enough.

Brazil's Senate approves controversial bill against disinformation

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:58 AM

One of the bill's most controversial articles will require social media platforms to make supposedly confidential messages available to the judiciary for 3 months, including the identity of senders

Verizon joins brands boycotting Facebook ads over hate speech

Jun 26, 2020 - 5:44 PM

Facebook is under increasing pressure for its hands-off approach to misinformation and inflammatory posts, particularly by US President Donald Trump

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No to anti-terror bill? DILG employees ‘advised’ against posting on social media

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:53 AM

‘We are encouraging everyone in the DILG to be responsible in posting their views and comments against the bill in their social media accounts’

Shuttered Zoom accounts raise China free speech fears

Jun 11, 2020 - 7:43 PM

Zoom is the latest in a long line of western social media and tech companies which have found themselves struggling to deal with the demands of authoritarian governments in lucrative overseas markets

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[OPINION] The politics of dissent

Jun 11, 2020 - 10:25 AM

'Some would say this fear of the Anti-Terrorism Bill of 2020 is hypothetical as it is imaginary. There is nothing hypothetical or imaginary though with the story we have seen the last 4 years.'

[ANALYSIS] The Anti-Terrorism Act: Duterte will have all dissenters’ necks

Jun 08, 2020 - 5:12 PM

Compared to the country's Human Security Act, the Anti-Terrorism Act drops the bar even lower

[OPINION] Martial rule without martial law: An anti-terror bill subtext

Jun 08, 2020 - 12:09 PM

'What should be noted is the breadth and intensity of opposition [to the anti-terror bill]. This is a much broader range of opposition than on any other issue under the Duterte administration.'

[EXPLAINER] Can government employees post criticism of the anti-terror bill?

Jun 07, 2020 - 9:04 AM

Even those working in the private sector cannot be terminated, disciplined, or punished for posting something on Facebook or Twitter or showing up at rallies

FEATURED art: ‘Tapal’ (soft pastel and duct tape on black paper, 2000) by Elmer Borlongan. Used with the artist’s permission

[EXPLAINER] Proposed Anti-Terror Act of 2020 a devil’s playground in the hands of a despot

Jun 06, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The bill suffers from obvious legal infirmities, essentially begging for a constitutional challenge

FEATURED art: ‘Tapal’ (soft pastel and duct tape on black paper, 2000) by Elmer Borlongan. Used with the artist’s permission

[OPINION] What is the need for this anti-terror bill?

Jun 05, 2020 - 8:10 PM

'The timing, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, is telling'

[OPINION] As the world collapses, the 4th estate is under threat

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:23 PM

'We need to know what the slums look like, what a broken education system looks like, what hunger looks like – because they all have a face'

[OPINION] Terrorizing us, but not the terrorists

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:23 AM

'Democracy demands dissent'

Coronavirus Updates: Threat to free speech in Cebu

May 26, 2020 - 8:00 AM

We’ve documented in Cebu at least 3 instances where residents are either intimidated by politicians, visited by police, or arrested for their Facebook posts

Islamophobic disinformation, hate speech swamps social media during pandemic

May 22, 2020 - 6:01 PM

A new report reveals that Islamophobic hashtags like #Coronajihad and #MuslimVirus reached 170 million Twitter users

CORONAVIRUS DISINFORMATION. Image adapted from illustration by Sofiya Voznaya for Coda Story.

Algeria cracks down on Facebook activists

May 21, 2020 - 9:45 AM

One activist is accused of having insulted President Abdelmadjid Tebboune by calling him 'illegitimate,' while another has criticized the 'injustice' of Algeria's judicial system

FLAG. Algerian protesters wave their national flag as they demonstrate during an an anti-government demonstration in the capital Algiers on April 12, 2019. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

[ANALYSIS] The right to call the government crazy

May 20, 2020 - 1:32 PM

Voicing your exasperation over the government and its officials – even in impolite language – is constitutionally protected

With indictment of teacher, media told be careful when interviewing suspects

May 16, 2020 - 5:38 PM

Ex-SC Spokesperson Ted Te says the NBI agents are still liable for the arbitrary detention of teacher Ronnel Mas

ARRESTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison

DOJ okays warrantless arrest of teacher who posted about 'killing Duterte'

May 15, 2020 - 7:49 AM

(UPDATED) The prosecutor says the warrantless arrest is invalid, but the defect is cured by the teacher's admission to the media

ARRESTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison


[OPINION] What do we risk when free speech is suppressed?

May 14, 2020 - 12:55 PM

'The Philippines and the rest of the world would not be in this mess if we had immediate access to Dr Li's crucial information'

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[OPINION] PCOO blocks Gang Badoy on Twitter – that’s unconstitutional

May 11, 2020 - 6:11 PM

Just like in the United States, the Philippine government’s act of blocking citizens from its social media accounts violate fundamental rights

Hong Kong political crisis deepens despite protest lull during virus

Apr 23, 2020 - 11:12 AM

Police arrest 15 prominent activists on charges linked to last year's demonstrations. Those detained were not masked protesters who often violently clashed with police, but rather some of the city's best-known moderates.

LEE. In this file photo taken on April 18, 2020, former lawmaker and pro-democracy activist Martin Lee (C) gestures as he leaves the Central District police station in Hong Kong, after being arrested and accused of organizing and taking part in an unlawful assembly in August last year. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Carpio: Facebook post on P2B private jet is protected speech

Apr 14, 2020 - 12:45 PM

When is something protected speech, and when is it not?

SUBPOENA. The NBI sends subpoena to 'more than a dozen' people over their social media posts related to the coronavirus. Photo by Angie de Silva


China expels U.S. journalists in biggest crackdown in years

Mar 18, 2020 - 8:51 AM

American journalists at The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal are told to hand back their credentials within 10 days

BANNED. The New York Times building at 620 Eighth Avenue in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

[OPINION] Pens and placards: On campus journalists as student activists

Mar 13, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'To be an activist does not require one to be physically present in rallies and street protests. It can be done through the formidable power of the written word.'

EU rights envoy sounds alarm on Qatar freedom of speech

Feb 18, 2020 - 10:14 AM

Publications can be suspended under the law for up to 3 months for printing items deemed against the public interest

TGIF. A leisurely Friday in Qatar. Photo by Olya Morvan/Hans Lucas

YouTube bans 'implied' threats

Dec 12, 2019 - 11:12 AM

'We will no longer allow content that maliciously insults someone based on protected attributes such as their race, gender expression, or sexual orientation,' says global head of trust and safety Matt Halprin


Twitter lets users 'hide' off-course replies to tweets

Nov 22, 2019 - 12:11 PM

Users are now able to 'hide' tweeted replies that could be seen as abusive or harassing

TWITTER. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019 the Twitter logo is seen on a phone in in Washington, DC. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP


More than 100,000 hate videos taken down following new policies – YouTube

Sep 05, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Views on videos that are later removed for violating policies have been reduced by 80% over the last 18 months according to YouTube


Djokovic reflects on 'unreal' Wimbledon 2019 final victory

Jul 15, 2019 - 9:10 AM

The 32-year-old Serbian, winning back-to-back Wimbledon titles for the second time, prevails in an epic duel, the longest ever final and the first decided by a deciding set tie-break

Serbia's Novak Djokovic raises the winner's trophy after beating Switzerland's Roger Federer during their men's singles final on day thirteen of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 14, 2019.  Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

Twitter updates rules, focusing on curbing hate speech against religious groups

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Twitter says it will require hateful tweets targeting specific religious groups to be removed, though accounts tweeting such content before the new rules were in place will not be suspended

France's lower house passes online hate speech law

Jul 10, 2019 - 5:52 PM

Members of the National Assembly lower house of parliament vote by 434 in favor to 33 against to adopt the law, which is modelled on German legislation that came into force last year.

Merkel's successor sparks freedom of speech uproar

May 28, 2019 - 11:27 PM

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer later tries to downplay her comments, saying it is 'ridiculous to insinuate that I want to regulate expressions of opinion'

SUCCESSOR. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) walks past her successor, leader of the Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer during the CDU congress on December 8, 2018 at a fair hall in Hamburg, northern Germany. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Does Assange indictment set dangerous precedent for journalists?

May 25, 2019 - 11:31 AM

'What he is accused of doing is exactly what professional journalists do every day – seeking, receiving and publishing important information about our government,' says law professor Sonja West

PROTEST. In this file photo taken on April 23, 2019 an activist holds a placard next to others while forming a human chain calling for the freedom of the international non-profit organization WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in Dhaka. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman / AFP

Citing Iran, Trump bypasses Congress to sell arms to Saudis, UAE

May 25, 2019 - 9:57 AM

The weapons, which include munitions and aircraft support maintenance, are meant 'to deter Iranian aggression and build partner self-defense capacity,' says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

PROTEST. About 17 protesters from Code Pink: Women for Peace demonstrate against U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen in the offices of Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill October 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla /Getty Images/AFP

Maria Ressa accepts Tully Award, says sense of purpose 'sharper'

Apr 25, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Rappler's Maria Ressa, recipient of the Tully Award for Free Speech, hopes to 'keep walking until I come out the other side, and hopefully the world is right-side up'

PRESS FREEDOM. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, recipient of the Tully Award for Free Speech, speaks to students at the Newhouse School of Syracuse University. Photo courtesy of Alexandria Bennet/WAER News

Austria NGO fights hate online, one conversation at a time

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Neustart, an organization in Austria, offers a 6-month program that aims to show participants how to 'express one's point of view without denigrating others'

Wioletta Ruehrer (R), a social worker of the organisation Neustart, talks to her client, an internet hater who is taking part in this program after she posted a racist comment on Facebook, in Vienna, Austria on March 19, 2019. - When it comes to the problem of online hate speech, the culprits behind the keyboards and smartphones can take some surprising forms -- just take 74-year-old Viennese retiree Ms H. Angered by an article she read on the internet a year ago, the outwardly unassuming former midwife reacted with a Facebook outburst in which she said all immigrants should be poisoned on arrival in Austria. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Sophie MAKRIS

Facebook bars white nationalism, stepping up hate speech curbs

Mar 28, 2019 - 11:51 AM

'It's clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services,' says Facebook

FACEBOOK. The logo of social network Facebook is displayed on a smartphone, on January 15, 2019 in Nantes, western France.  Photo by Loic Venance/AFP


[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: A revolution against disinformation

Feb 25, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The challenge now is no longer to gather huge crowds at plazas to frighten a dictator and his sycophants. It is to reclaim the online public space from the disinformation monster that President Duterte himself has unleashed.

French far-right weekly barred from Twitter over 'hate speech'

Feb 19, 2019 - 12:08 PM

Rivarol's Twitter account 'called for racial hatred and sympathized with crimes against humanity,' a spokesman for the French government's racism, anti-Semitism, and discrimination body says

Bickering opens before Trump's State of the Union speech even begins

Feb 06, 2019 - 7:47 AM

A testy exchange between the president and the senior Democrat in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, erupts ahead of the State of the Union address

In tears and shock, Poland bids farewell to murdered mayor

Jan 19, 2019 - 1:22 PM

"It's hatred that killed Pawel," Civic Platform Party leader Grzegorz Schetyna told lawmakers.

MOURNING. People react as they accompany the coffin of the late mayor of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz is taken from the European Solidarity Center to St Mary's Basilica on January 18, 2019 in Gdansk, Poland. Photo by Wojtek Radwanski / AFP

How Facebook is reconfiguring freedom of speech in situations of mass atrocity

Jan 09, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Lessons from Myanmar and the Philippines

Vietnam's draconian cybersecurity bill comes into effect

Jan 01, 2019 - 3:24 PM

Human rights groups slam the new cybersecurity law, saying that it is a 'pervasive' and 'totalitarian model of information control'

Gabon president to speak publicly for first time since stroke

Dec 27, 2018 - 5:37 PM

Gabon President Ali Bongo is set to deliver his speech on New Year's Day, almost 3 months after he suffered from stroke

ILL. Gabon leader Ali Bongo is set to deliver a speech on New Year's Day. File Photo from Twitter


Bangladesh photographer detained during protests gets bail

Nov 15, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Bangladesh court grants bail to award-winning photographer-activist Shahidul Alam after spending more than 100 days behind bars

BAIL GRANTED. File photo of renowned Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam.  AFP Photo

The lovely secrets of the 'signing' brain

Sep 23, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Sign language is another language, and therefore, another rich world, another empowering culture that, like any other language, expands your mind

Duterte says 'overboard' Mocha Uson still has right to free speech

Sep 03, 2018 - 2:00 PM

'There are things na tingin ko na medyo nasobrahan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about controversial assistant secretary Mocha Uson

UN urges Facebook to 'proactively' fight hate speech

Aug 29, 2018 - 9:01 PM

UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein urges Facebook to 'be regulated by (international) human rights law'

ZEID RA'AD AL HUSSEIN. United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein addresses the 37th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on February 26, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Jean-Guy Python/AFP

Facebook move on Myanmar raises thorny political questions

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:54 AM

Facebook says they will continue to investigate instances of 'devastating violence' around the world incited by users on the platform