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Mong Palatino

activist and two-term member of the philippine house of representatives. blogging since 2004 at mongster's nest.

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22 May 2017

Malaysian Editors Face Cybercrime Charges for Posting a Video that Criticized Attorney General

Global Voices Advocacy

In the video, which was taken during a press briefing, a former member of the ruling party called for the resignation of the attorney general.

18 May 2017

#FreeThe5KH Campaign Seeks Release of Five Detained Human Rights Activists in Cambodia

The five have been recognized as among the finalists in the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2017.

12 May 2017

Thailand Threatens to Take Facebook to Court Over Anti-Monarchy Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

Tha Thailand government has given Facebook until Tuesday, May 16, 2017, to remove the 131 remaining 'anti-monarchy' posts.

5 May 2017

Young Girl Quits Malaysian Chess Tournament After Organizers Call Her Knee-Length Skirt ‘Seductive’

"The police should not only be looking into the claims of the breach of dress code but the fact that a child was possibly sexualised by an adult.”

3 May 2017

‘Crusading’ Philippine Environment Minister Shares Her Visits to Open Pit Mines on Facebook

"I clearly saw that the mine tailings had killed the economy of the entire area," wrote the environment secretary on her Facebook page.

30 April 2017

The ‘Royal Duck’ Scarf Trends in Brunei, But Some Are Disappointed With Its Hefty Price Tag

"The amount of selfies I have seen of people just to show their dUCK scarves is part of what Islam does not encourage: vanity."

19 April 2017

Thailand Tells Internet Users to Unfollow Junta Critics on Social Media — Or Face Consequences

Global Voices Advocacy

"This is a ridiculous and oppressive order but I don't want any innocent people being targeted just because they follow my journalism," wrote former Reuters journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall.

17 April 2017

Who Removed Thailand’s 1932 Revolution Plaque?

"Removal of the 1932 plaque is an ironic reminder that Thais may have ended absolute monarchy in 1932 but absolute dictatorship exists today," wrote a Twitter user.

7 April 2017

Southeast Asian Leaders Use ‘Fake News’ to Justify Tighter Media Laws and Intimidate Their Critics

Global Voices Advocacy

Singapore plans to update its Broadcasting Act, Philippine House Speaker is proposing to regulate social media, and Cambodian officials are mimicking Donald Trump by calling unfavorable news "fake".

31 March 2017

The CIA's Online Museum Offers a Glimpse of US Military Intervention in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is a region where U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War led to the expansion of the CIA’s paramilitary operations in Laos and Cambodia.

26 March 2017

Art in Transit: Meet the Commute Sketchers of Singapore

"With dwindling interests in traditional art, the public commute presents a unique, safe and condensed setting to practice what I love."

24 March 2017

Searching for Justice, This Catholic Church Worker Documents Drug Killings in the Philippines

"As a photojournalist, always be with the poor, understand their social reality."

15 March 2017

Disney’s New ‘Gay Moment’ Outrages Religious Conservatives in Malaysia and Singapore

Religious groups and state censors in Singapore and Malaysia are unhappy about the live-action remake of Disney's “Beauty and the Beast,” because of a “gay moment” in the film.

6 March 2017

These Light-Art Installations in Singapore’s Marina Bay Also Promote Energy Conservation

Look how some of Singapore's most iconic buildings become even more stunning during the “Light Festival,” where art installations from nine different countries are displayed at the Marina Bay waterfront.

2 March 2017

Philippines Offers Media Credentials to Bloggers — But Some Suspect State is Trying to Control Online Content

Global Voices Advocacy

"when analyzed [in accordance with the guidelines]....it becomes clear that contrary views are unacceptable lest they be misinterpreted as provocative."

1 March 2017

Malaysian Court Convicts Activist for Screening Human Rights Documentary

"Screening, sharing, watching and making films is not a crime."

26 February 2017

Why Singapore Changed the Name of Its New World War II Exhibition

"We must honor and respect the feelings of those who suffered terribly and lost family members during the Japanese Occupation," said the country's minister for communications and information.

19 February 2017

Thousands Joined ‘Walk for Life’ to Protest Extrajudicial Killings and Revival of Death Penalty in the Philippines

"If the response to violence is also violence, we double the violence. We should match it with non-violence."

16 February 2017

Here Are Some of the Southeast Asian Artifacts in the Met Museum's Public Domain Collection

"Since our audience is really the three billion internet-connected individuals around the world, we need to think big about how to reach these viewers..."

10 February 2017

Thai Media Groups Say Proposed Law Could Bring Total Government Control of the Press

"Government presence on a press panel and licensing of journalists are never part of a free press."

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