2 October 2012 Blackout

On 2 October 2012, Philippine netizens who are opposed to the Cybercrime Law started to censor their comments in Facebook and Twitter, and use black images as profile pictures therein, as a form of protest. I cannot blackout this blog since I am not under paid hosting. In lieu thereof, this is what I wish to say on the matter:

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The complete content of the above provides:

I would like to reiterate my reservations on Sections 12 and 19 of RA 10175, as I believe that Section 12 is not narrowly drawn so as to be valid limitation of one’s right to privacy and that Section 19 provides an overarching power to the Philippine Department of Justice that could infringe upon the constitutional right to due process. The provisions in the Revised Penal Code should also be amended so as to narrow down what is to be deemed libelous and what is deemed to be speech directed to a valid redress of grievance against the government, so as to similarly narrow down Section 4 (c) (4). In its present form, RA 10175 can suppress free speech and undermine privacy rights. Past experience under Martial Law do militate against a complacent approach to mitigate fears of abuse. In no way should fear prevent me from articulating myself in the manner set above. Self-censorship in commenting on matters of public interest, just because of fear, would be similarly wrong. I wish to believe that I live in a democratic society.


I have previously posted my personal opinion on The Cybercrime Prevention Law, RA 10175)

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2 responses to “2 October 2012 Blackout

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