Online and offline, a campaign is being waged by bloggers and social media users against the implementation of the Cyber Crime Law. A rally is ongoing at the Supreme Court organized by the Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance (PIFA.ph) while a similar outrage is being fought online by blogsite owners and account users of social sites like Facebook and Twitter.
If you visit Facebook today, don’t be surprised to see ‘black profile photos’ and statuses and comments with black boxes instead of texts (such as below) to show support to the campaign against and now dubbed as ‘cyber martial law.’
According to Sen. TJ Guingona, the bill was passed with only him voting against it. The rest of the senators, all thirteen 13 of them, approved the immediate passage of the bill together with ‘problematic provisions’ on libel (viewed as having ‘exorbitant penalties’ such as jail time of twelve (12) years for ‘violators’) that may curtail principle of good governance as pointed out by Sen. Guingona.
The CyberCrime Prevention Act of 2012 or Republic Act 10175 was passed into law on September 12 despite the protests, and in the midst of supposed attacks (claimed as ‘cyber bullying’) against Sen. Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto (on the plagiarized speeches on the issue of Reproductive Health or RH).
The bill was passed with surprised Netizens wondering why the CryberCrime Law succeeded over the much-anticipated ‘Freedom of Information Act.’
This is the online poster of the anti-Cybercrime Act created by PIFA.ph, share it if you believe that RA 10175 will curtail the democratic exchange and expression of freedom online.
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