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“Before the Internet came along, it was easier for the rich and the powerful to control criticisms.
All they needed to do was buy a stake in newspapers, TV and radio. Now they have realised that the Web is beyond their control,” she wrote in a blogpost.
Media groups have expressed concern that the law poses a threat to press freedom and limits freedom of expression in the country.
Bloggers and social media practitioners also point out that the new law allows the government to shut down websites without due process, and makes Internet users liable for simply clicking the ‘like’ button on Facebook or re-tweeting something on Twitter. 10175, also known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, was signed into law by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on Sept. Actions now punishable as ‘cybercrimes’ include illegal access and interception of any part of a computer system without right, computer-related identity-theft, cybersex and child pornography, among others.
But what caught my eye, was a couple sections up from the libel part.
It appears that Cybersex is now a crime in the Philippines too.
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Robles goes on to list some of the flaws in the law, including the difficulty of identifying the origin of libelous material, and extending the offending parties to those who “share” or “like” a post on Facebook or comment on articles agreeing with alleged libelous material.
“Historically, in the Philippines, it is the rich and the powerful who use libel as a weapon to suppress criticisms about them,” she added.
That wording seems a bit awkward, but it certainly seems to suggest that even willing cybersex is now illegal if it's done "for favor or consideration." People in the Philippines are quite reasonably worried that the language here is quite broad. It seems a bit on the harsh side: Any person found guilty of any of the punishable acts enumerated in Section 4(c)(1) of this Act shall be punished with imprisonment of prision mayor or a fine of at least Two hundred thousand pesos (Ph P200,000.00) but not exceeding One million pesos (Ph Pl,000,000.00) or both. basically cybersex is a crime in the Philippines that could net you more than six years in jail...
Prision mayor appears to mean at least six years in prison.
Many Filipinos are disturbed by the fact that the man allegedly responsible for this last-minute change, which lumps online libel with cybersex and child pornography, is notorious for plagiarising blogs, and recently elicited a spate of criticism from active netizens.