GABRIELA USA Press Release: Philippine Cybercrime Prevention Act Attacks Freedom of Speech

October 9, 2012

From our allies at Gabriela-USA, important information on the (so-called) Cybercrime Prevention Act. Read more for information on how to join the international call to repeal.

GABRIELA Seattle

For Immediate Release

October 8, 2012

Contact: Valerie Francisco, Chairperson, gabrielawomen@gmail.com

 

 CYBERCRIME PREVENTION ACT ATTACKS FREEDOM OF SPEECH

GABRIELA-USA JOINS INTERNATIONAL CALL TO REPEAL!

 

 

The passage of the “Cybercrime Prevention Act” in the Philippines is an assault to every freedom-loving person’s right to free speech, expression, articulation and critical thought, and a burden to women and children victims of internet violence. GABRIELA USA joins the international community who are shocked at President Noynoy Aquino’s blatant lack of regard for civil liberties as he continuously tramples on Philippine people’s democratic rights.

Supposedly crafted to address such issues as internet pornography, cybersex or cyber prostitution and bullying, what the Cybercrime Prevention Act does not take into consideration is the complicated and borderless nature of online activity and the roots of violence that is perpetrated against women and children. The law is an added burden to women and children forced…

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