[In the news] NUJP: Aquino declaring war on people by keeping libel in Cybercrime Law -GMANews.com

NUJP: Aquino declaring war on people by keeping libel in Cybercrime Law
October 6, 2012

President Benigno Aquino III is declaring war on his own people with his position that online libel should remain a punishable offense under the Anti-Cybercrime Act, the National Union of Journalists said Friday.

In a statement, the NUJP scored Aquino for insisting that the provision on online libel should not be removed, to give victims a form of “redress.”

“We now have a president who has openly declared war on his own people,” the NUJP said on its website.

Several groups had objected to the new law, saying the provision on online libel may threaten the right to freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

The NUJP said that if Aquino insists on keeping online libel in the law, it could only mean Filipinos were never his bosses at all.

“This can only mean one thing — we are not his bosses at all, if we ever were in the first place,” it lamented.

On the other hand, the NUJP quoted Thomas Jefferson as once saying, “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it; he is obligated to do so.”

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