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Mong Palatino

activist and two-term member of the philippine house of representatives. blogging since 2004 at mongster’s nest. joined global voices in 2006.

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Latest posts by Mong Palatino

21 March 2018

#SayNOto66d: Documenting the Surge of Online Defamation Cases in Myanmar


The #SayNOto66d website documents online defamation cases in Myanmar while providing information tools to support the campaign to repeal the law.

2 March 2018

Here’s What We Learned from the Online Database of Vietnam’s Political Prisoners


A new data set proves that persecution of dissent increased in 2017.

20 February 2018

‘Voices for Momos’ Campaign Seeks to Protect Myanmar’s Last Remaining Elephants

Myanmar’s wild elephant population is estimated to be between 1,400 to 2,000.

9 February 2018

From Street Murals to #WeWalk, Thais Protest Against Corruption and Call for Restoration of Democracy

"So many Thais just opened their eyes and woke up from an unrealistic dream."

1 February 2018

Malaysiakini News Site Will Appeal Defamation Case by Gold Mining Firm, Thanks to Crowdfunding by Readers


"This could drive media away from critically investigating and reporting issues of public interest that involved big corporations. This will further shrink the media freedom in the country."

19 January 2018

Reuters Journalists Covering Rohingya Conflict in Myanmar Detained for ‘Illegally Acquiring Information’


"If Myanmar is serious about democratic reforms, it must accept the right of journalists to work freely and report on topics that make those in power uncomfortable."

15 January 2018

Palau Visitors Are Now Required to Sign a Pledge to Respect the Environment

"Children of Palau, I take this pledge, as your guest, to preserve and protect your beautiful and unique island home."

13 January 2018

In 2017, Samoa's Parliament Made Libel a Crime. How Will This Affect Bloggers and Social Media?


"Concerns about anonymous bloggers should not override the right of citizens to speak freely, without fear of being jailed."

9 January 2018

Singapore Authorities Ban Documentary on Palestinian Teen Activists for ‘Skewed Narrative’

"...did you even consider that this documentary...exists to provide a balance, a corrective to the kinds of propaganda that Israel state television and the US-centric media produce..."

12 December 2017

‘Recalcitrant’ Activist Charged by Singapore Police for Organizing ‘Illegal Assemblies’

"We do not understand why the State is pursuing the seven charges against Jolovan Wham for events which were all peaceful and non-violent."

7 December 2017

The Health of Thousands of Filipino Children Could Be at Risk, Thanks to Sanofi’s Dengue Vaccine

"Why just now...How about the thousands of children who were already given the vaccine?"

26 November 2017

Rice Fields and Carabaos: A Glimpse of Rural Life in the Philippines

Through photos he shared with Global Voices, veteran photographer Lito Ocampo captured not just the typical scenes in a lowland farming village but also the state of Philippine agriculture.

23 November 2017

Malaysian Authorities Blocked Websites Reporting on Massive Personal Data Theft Scandal


"I believe that you have a right to know about it, in a timely manner. Authorities can’t sit on the data for weeks without letting you know on any pretense."

15 November 2017

#StopTheCrackdownVN: Global Groups Call for Human Rights Protection in Vietnam


Human rights groups are stepping up the campaign urging the Vietnamese government to release 165 prisoners and conscience and to stop the persecution of activists and bloggers.

14 November 2017

Facebook's ‘Explore Feed’ Experiment Is Hurting Small Businesses, NGOs, and Political Groups in Cambodia


"By slicing news out of people’s feeds....Facebook has cut off a source of information for millions of Cambodians."

3 November 2017

Indonesian Police Go After Social Media Users for Mocking House Speaker


"What does it say about....Indonesia when a politician can continue to act with impunity, while somebody who spreads a meme about him gets arrested?"

27 October 2017

Indonesian Law Makes It Easier to Disband Extremist Groups, but Could Undermine Civil Liberties

"There are many ways for the government to combat radicalism and defend social cohesion. Removing meaningful legal protections of freedom of association is not the way to do that."

25 October 2017

Tonga Government Accused of Controlling State Media Ahead of Elections

"Government needs to stop using so-called losses as an excuse to apply punitive changes aimed at gagging newsroom and management in a leading public broadcaster of the region."

23 October 2017

Thai Historian Could Face 15 Years in Prison for ‘Insulting’ a 16th-Century King

"The military regime just wants to persecute me. They can do anything. So I achieve equanimity. I’m detached. In fact I pity them. I pity those who have power."

16 October 2017

Was the Anti-Kleptocracy Rally That Gathered Thousands in Malaysia a Success or Failure?

"...the speakers were too heavy on condemnations of corruption, kleptocracy...instead of saying more about how a Pakatan government, if elected, will deal with issues..."

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