Imposing libel on the internet, particularly social media like Twitter and Facebook, is like imposing libel on ordinary conversations. Libel, if it is to be applied to social media at all, should have different parameters.

Problem is, dahil isiningit lang ang probisyon, hindi ito masusing napag-usapan sa Senado. Wala naman ito sa bersyon na pinasa namin sa Kongreso.

Millions of people now use social media to express their personal views on a whole range of issues and topics. Unlike the traditional mass media, which undergoes strict editorial regulation, social media is unregulated precisely to allow ordinary people to participate in the discourse. People even ‘chat’ on the internet now. Applying the old standards of libel will not do and will only serve to stifle freedom in cyberspace.

We should immediately amend this law because it will create a chilling effect not just on journalists but on ordinary people who use the internet to express their views and opinions. It opens up to infringement of the constitutional right to freedom of expression and free speech.

I am calling on Malacanang to suspend the implementation of the Cybercrime Law until this is carefully scrutinized and amended. As it is, another provision (Section 19 of the Act) moves for the taking down of websites. It gives power to the Department of Justice (DOJ) to restrict or block access to a website without court order.

Everybody should be vigilant about this law because this feels somewhat like the prohibitions during Martial rule, only more high tech.#


11 thoughts on “Online libel is like imposing libel on ordinary conversations

  1. malamang bok pag nabasa nila ang magiging implikasyun sa kanilang mga negusyo network at lalu na sa sarli nilang ambisyun ay sila din ang mahihirapan ipag bawal na din ang pangangampanya sa media eh anu ngayun tyu may sarili tyung network patay sila baba ang exposure nila mag isip kyu ……

  2. bakit ba pinagkaabalahan ninyo ang ganung issue kasi alam ng mga congressman at senador na yan di nila pwede pigilan ang mga tao maglabas na sa loobin nila at commento patungkol sa kanilang mga mali.other wise kung meron batas ingat ang mga tao sa mga commento nila.BTW anu na ba ang nangyari sa NO permit no exam sa mga college at universities dapat yan ang pagtuunan ng pansin para umunlad ang ating bayan kuing mabawasan ang mangmang…….

  3. You’re right Sir Teddy:)

    We’re in a democratic country and we have the freedom to speak what are our overviews and concern regarding our country and also, we all have the right to react on every issue but not abusing the rights of others….

    Kapag hindi tayo nagreact sa mga wrong issues, mas lalo tayong kawawa kase mas madami ang makakagawa ng hindi tama….

  4. Reblogged this on Spitfire Rants and Thoughts over the Kimchi & Adobo and commented:
    As I’ve posted on my facebook, the reason why Cybercrime Law is implemented because our fucking senators are nothing but just a bunch of butthurt nitwits because they think they are being cyberbullied. Senator Tito Sotto is such a butthurt dude.
    Cybercrime law is just as worse as SOPA/PIPA (Guys, google it!). The moment our freedom to express is supressed by few big-time idiots, that’s the sign that is worse than Martial Law.

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