We feel this topic is too important not to touch on. By now, you guys must have heard the fuss about the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. Many people smarter than us have written about this act. Here are a few links and quotes to give you guys an idea what it is about.
Read and be enlightened.
Your freedom is more delicate than you think.
“The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 is the most notorious act ever witnessed in the cyber-history of the Philippines,
and the language of the bill is cunningly designed to make you think it only applies to individuals who are deep in
cyber-technology and doesn’t apply to everyone, but some part of the bill basically says it can imprison anyone who
commits libel either by written messages, comments, blogs, or posts in sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or any other
comment-spaces of other social media in the Internet.”
– Anonymous Philippines. This was a portion of the text that was written in the Government websites that got hacked by the said organization.
“Without a clear definition of the crime of libel and the persons liable, virtually, any person can now be charged with a crime -even if you just like, retweet or comment on an online update or blog post containing criticisms,”
“At a time when the global trend is to decriminalise libel, the new cybercrime law is very regressive and takes us several steps backward,”
“Libel was never in the Senate and House versions of the Cybercrime bill prepared by the respective committees of both chambers. The section on libel therefore never underwent any congressional public hearing.”
– Who inserted that libel clause in the Cybercrime Law at the last minute?
Many of you reading this may not have experienced Martial Law.
What can you do to prevent e-Martial law?
Sign the online petition to junk the Cybercrime Prevention Law. The Act takes effect on October 3, 2012, effectively laying claim to our freedom of expression via the Internet. Share the message and tell your friends to sign the petition.