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[From the web] This year’s World Press Freedom Day takes on a special meaning around a world in quarantine -FMA

This year’s World Press Freedom Day takes on a special meaning around a world in quarantine.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries have been forced to go on lockdown, close borders, discourage physical contact and mass gatherings, and resort to other measures that may have the incidental effect of concentrating power to a few. Never has there been more opportunity for authoritarian leaders to consolidate the government’s might in order to stifle some essential freedoms — such as the right of movement and speech and expression — in the name of public health. Never has there been an opportunity to control the flow of information and skirt around public accountability for government failures.

In the Philippines, activists critical of the government especially are only too easily prosecuted for ‘illegal assembly’ for holding placards during relief operations, as is the case for those arrested by police in Marikina, or the overseas Filipino worker in Taiwan threatened to be deported by the Philippine government. Even student journalists’ freedoms are stamped on by barangay officials — in fact, local government officials take the lead in censoring posts and actions critical of the government, even if these fall squarely within free speech rights. Reporters have also been attacked by pro-government political activists.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also ushered in a ‘twin’ pandemic: a pandemic of disinformation, or an ‘infodemic,’ as defined by the World Health Organization, where false news about the virus may spread faster than the virus itself. This is made more challenging since a lot about the COVID-19 disease are uncertain, and even scientists do not profess to know everything about the virus. Where citizens now mainly rely on the internet for information, and where most interactions are made online, journalists are burdened to take on their responsibility to provide fair, accurate, and independent reports all the more seriously, with the added duty to provide context and balance.

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[Statement] Digital rights advocates demand the repeal of Section 6 of Bayanihan to Heal as One Act

We, the undersigned, express our grave concern over a provision of Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan To Heal As One Act that threatens our constitutional rights to free expression and access to information.

Haphazardly approved on 25 March 2020, the law penalizes “fake news” or disinformation under Section 6 (f), which reads:

“Individuals or groups creating, perpetuating, or spreading false information regarding the COVID-19 crisis on social media and other platforms, such information having no valid or beneficial effect on the population, and are clearly geared to promote chaos, panic, anarchy, fear, or confusion; and those participating in cyber incidents that make use or take advantage of the current crisis situation to prey on the public through scams, phishing, fraudulent emails, or other similar acts.”

While the provision appears to address the long-standing concern of journalists and activists over false information, which is typically circulated by paid trolling, it can also be used to curtail free speech, especially pieces of information that are critical of the government. Given its specific context and current form, Section 6 can be just as detrimental to democracy and human rights.

‘False information’ is not defined in any existing law, which means that its determination is left to the whims of law enforcers. The provision does not distinguish between those who passively ‘like’, share, comment and those who deliberately generate false content or actively discuss pieces of information that are deemed false.

The COVID-19 pandemic has a historical significance, being the most infectious threat that has hit multiple countries since Ebola and SARS. In this context, sharing complete and correct information can save many lives. But the pandemic also has global and local political ramifications, which require scrutiny and vigilance. It speaks of Philippine relations to China. It puts the knowledge, skills, strategies, and authenticity of public officials to the test. Like any disaster, it shakes up systems in ways that expose the good and the bad. Good practices including consultative planning, innovative thinking, and collaborative approaches continue to shine through amidst the double standards, nepotism, corruption, censorship and red tape imposed by many government offices and public officials.

In the last two weeks alone, we have seen abuses perpetrated by public officials. In Cebu, for example, the governor made a rapper promise before the public that he would never swear at and criticize the government’s response to COVID-19 in social media. During patrols, we have seen barangay officials and police apprehend curfew violators and penalize them by exposing them under the sun for hours, placing a child in a coffin and detaining teens in a dog cage. This, on top of the Duterte administration’s military rather than a public health approach to the pandemic.

But we have also seen the positive impact of free speech and organizing over social media, particularly during the lockdown of Luzon and other places. Individuals and groups were able to pool together resources and support health and other essential workers. Public outrage exposed the unnecessary use of the limited COVID-19 testing kits by asymptomatic politicians and prevented the unfair sacking of health officials who opposed this VIP treatment. It also forced the Department of Health (DOH) to go back to the drawing board after it announced the measly allowance for volunteer health workers. It also exposed incidents of gender-based violence in certain checkpoints.

As courts are closed during the lockdown, it is unlikely that those accused of violating Section 6 will have access to legal remedies. This will further congest detention centers and eventually the dockets. More importantly, it will likely target the more critical voices, especially among those who have no political clout.

We urge the government to repeal Section 6, particularly its provision on false information and instead use its resources to generate, curate and disseminate critical pieces of information to the public and specific constituents towards addressing COVID-19 and supporting the needs of those most rendered vulnerable. We have seen creative examples of these which, when practiced more widely, can benefit more communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a crucial point to use information in saving lives. It is also a time to make people and systems work in favor of rights. Our democratic space is more crucial than ever. The damages wrought upon it by fake news prior to the pandemic can only be repaired by promoting critical discourses. Make it healthy by keeping it free.

Signatories:

Individuals:

  • Al Alegre
  • Alvin Gallardo
  • April Gomez Baldovino
  • Archill Niña F. Capistrano, BOT Chairperson of the Children’s Legal Bureau and Assistant Professor, UP Cebu
  • Dianne Olivan
  • Floyd Scott Tiogangco, writer and performance artist
  • Jhewoung Capatoy
  • Jason A. Baguia, writer and assistant professor, UP Cebu
  • Joan Dymphna Saniel-Amit, Executive Director of the Children’s Legal Bureau & Faculty Member of USC College of Law
  • John Nery, columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer
  • Kathy del Socorro
  • Lito Averia
  • Marnie Tonson
  • Nica Dumlao
  • Niel Anthony Lajot
  • Noemi Lardizabal-Dado
  • Ryan Silverio
  • Shebana Alqaseer
  • Violeta de Guzman
  • Winthrop Yu
  • Weena Jade Gera, Vice Chancellor for Administration, UP Cebu
  • Yllang Montenegro, artist
  • Zenaida Ligan-Ashburn, Professor, UP Cebu

Organizations:

  • Active Vista
  • ASEAN SOGIE Caucus
  • Center for Migrant Advocacy, Phils. Inc.
  • Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – Asia Pacific
  • Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism
  • Democracy.Net.PH
  • Digital Rights Coalition
  • Empowerment Through Art
  • Foundation for Media Alternatives
  • Human Rights Online – Philippines
  • In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement
  • Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE)
  • Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates
  • Philippine Human Rights Information Center
  • Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance
  • Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa
  • True Colors Coalition
  • Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau

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[Event] 3rd HR Pinduteros’ Awards on December 2, 2013, 7:00PM, at KALAYAAN BISTRO GRILL, #106 Kalayaan Road, Diliman, Quezon City

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Dear fellow human rights defender,

Greetings from the Human Rights Online Philippines!

“Internet Freedom… Our right, Our choice, Our voice.”

For the third time, the Human Rights Online Philippines or HRonlinePH.com https://hronlineph.com/ will give recognition to human rights defenders who, individually or with others, work to promote and defend human rights by using the online platforms.

On 2nd December, HRonlinePH in partnership with the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) http://fma.ph/ will hold the 3rd Human Rights (HR) Pinduteros’ Choice Awards, which give recognition to exceptional individuals and organizations in recognition of their achievement in defending all human rights through online and offline.

Bringing HR Pinduteros to life….HRonlinePH knows that as good as its site content might be, its impact would be solely dependent on the number of readers, number of hits, number of generated feedbacks, and motivating those readers to become regular readers. HRonlinePH turned its focus to increasing ease of access to site content through effective and systematic use of social media tools and by consolidating selected groups of bloggers, writers and human rights defenders, through the HR Pinduteros, who all work to protect and defend all human rights.

The 3rd HR Pinduteros’ Choice Awards is an opportunity not only to give recognition to the work and achievements of HR Pinduteros, but also to participate and to join the public in celebration of the International Human Rights Week.

We would like to invite you to join us at the 3rd HR Pinduteros’ Awards on December 2, 2013 (Monday), 7:00PM, at KALAYAAN BISTRO GRILL, #106 Kalayaan Road, Diliman, Quezon City, for a day of coming together to assert and to stand up for “Internet Freedom… Our right, Our choice, Our voice.”

For more information please contact HRonlinePH team at +63921-9645017, +63933-4654904, +63928-8443717, +63906-3959976 and +63923-4261110 and through e-mail hronlineph@gmail.com or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Human-Rights-Online-Philippines/160809923975269?ref=hl

Thank you. Way to go HRonlinePH.
Sincerely,

HRonlinePH Team

“Feminist Flashmob for Women’s Rights” finalist for the 3rd HR Pinduteros Choice for HR VIDEO

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Vote for the video “Feminist Flashmob for Women’s Rights” by PH TakeBacktheTech for the 3rd HR Pinduteros Choice for HR VIDEO.

See Video @ https://hronlineph.com/2012/12/12/featured-video-feminist-flashmob-for-womens-rights-ph-takebackthetech/

During the December 10, 2012 International Human Rights Day, a feminist flashmob dance to the tune of “I am Woman” led by World March of Women – Pilipinas was held at Plaza Miranda.

Women human rights defenders first blended with the vendors, with some holding balloons, as fortune-tellers, beggars, etc. Three dancers started clapping to the tune of the music, then seven dancers joined releasing purple balloons bearing the logo of the World March of Women. They were joined by another 20 coming from the crowd, until it grew to 70. The last batch of dancers, students from the University of the Philippines –Manila made it a throng.

On the last minute of the song, as steps turned to hip-hop, dancers took off their costumes, revealing white shirts which defiantly bore words “RH Now” in the face of continued delay in its passage in Congress. Some shirts shout “Climate Justice!”, in the face of ongoing negotiations in Doha, Qatar and the devastation of typhoon Pablo in Mindanao. Other shirts carried slogans such as “Women Need FOI!”, “Secure Jobs for All!” and “Scrap VFA!”

Around 100 participated in the flashmob from Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL), Bagong Kamalayan, Batis Center for Women, Buklod, Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA), Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – Asia Pacific (CATW-AP), Focus on the Global South, Foundation for Media Alternatives, KAISA – Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan – UP Diliman, KAISA-KA, Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK), Partido ng Manggagawa, Sarilaya, TIGRA Philippines, UP Manila students, WomanHealth Philippines, Women’s Crisis Center (WCC), and Youth and Students Advancing Gender Equality (YSAGE)

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This Video Production was part of 16 days x 16 stories of Take Back the Tech campaign
https://www.facebook.com/takebackthetechPH
Produced by Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA)
Editor: Hazel Tan
Videographers: Eric Sister, Hazel Tan, Johanna Acielo, Hazel of Sarilaya
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This entry was posted on December 12, 2012
See video @https://hronlineph.com/2012/12/12/featured-video-feminist-flashmob-for-womens-rights-ph-takebackthetech/

Iboto ang iyong #HRPinduterosChoice para sa HR VIDEO.

Ang botohan ay hanggang sa 11:59PM ng Nov 15, 2013.

Ikaw para kanino ka pipindot? Simple lang bumoto:
• i-LIKE ang HRonlinePH.com FB page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Human-Rights-Online-Philippines/160809923975269) , sa photo album ay i-LIKE ang thumbnail/s ng iyong mga nais iboto, i-share at ikampanya.
• Maari ring bumoto sa pamamagitan ng pagpindut sa button sa poll sa ilalim ng bawat nominadong post na matatagpuan din sa ilalim ng post na ito.
• Most number of the combined likes sa FB at sa poll buttons ang magiging 3rd HR Pinduteros Choice na kikilalanin sa 2013 HR week celebration.
Makiisa sa pagpapalaganap ng impormasyon hinggil sa karapatang pantao. Pindot na!
WHAT IS 3RD HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE AWARDS? https://hronlineph.com/2013/10/01/3rd-human-rights-pinduteros-choice-awards/ — with Nica Dumlao.

 

[In the news] Q and A: What PH can learn from global Internet debate-RAPPLER.com

Q and A: What PH can learn from global Internet debate
By Ayee Macaraig
October 28, 2013

Filipino netizens successfully campaigned to stop the implementation of the anti-cybercrime law, but what next?

Filipino delegates to a global Internet forum actively participated in discussions on the future of the Internet, emphasizing that there is more work to be done to maintain the Philippines’ record of having one of the freest Internet in the world.

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Nica Dumlao of the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) and blogger Juned Sonido of Democracy.Net.PH represented Philippine civil society in the United Nations’ 8th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held here from October 22 to 25. FMA belongs to the steering committee of the Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance. Sonido was part of the delegation of Freedom House, a US-based non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting free institutions worldwide.

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[Event] Love is…Freedom from Violence!

Love is…Freedom from Violence!
On the 14th of February 2013, we join a global strike to demand an end to violence against women or VAW.

1BILLION RISING photo by Ging Cristobal

1BILLION RISING photo by Ging Cristobal

This is our independent contribution to the campaign, led by the World March of Women – Pilipinas and organizations who participated in the first flashmob (Dec. 10, 2012) – Alliance of Progressive Labor – Women, Bagong Kamalayan, Batis-AWARE, Buklod, CATW-AP, Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA), Kaisa Ka, Sarilaya, Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK), WomanHealth, Focus on the Global South, Foundation for Media Alternatives, KAISA – Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan – UP Diliman, Partido ng Manggagawa (PM), Tigra, UP Manila students, Women’s Crisis Center (WCC), and Youth and Students Advancing Gender Equality (YSAGE).

The first flashmob video can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANvbHoc2GyM

The international call was received by the lead organizations from the European Women’s Lobby. We have decided that this is a critical moment to contribute to the widening and deepening resistance to violence against women, in the wake of epidemic of rapes in India. This becomes urgent as in the Philippines, one in 10 women aged 15-49 experienced sexual violence, and for deaf women, it is 1 in every 3 women raped. There has been increase in violence against indigenous women especially in mining communities, including the recent murder of a pregnant woman in Tampakan. We see the rise in hate crimes against lesbians. There has been steady growth in the prostitution of women and children as the climate and capitalist crises continue.

Flashmob was held last Feb. 14 at 9am, the ‘characters’ were lesbian lovers, flowers and lollipop sellers, dvd vendor, and to blend with the crowd in the area, wearing costumes as fast food worker, street sweeper, cook, waitress, MMDA, etc. The first to enter was the traffic enforcer in the middle of this intersection. LBT dancers from a colored beetle, and one or two danced on top of one vehicle, ala-“Step Up Revolution.” Towards the end, a streamer was unfurled, which bears this text: “BABAE – hindi pag-aari, hindi kalakal, hindi laruan… May sariling katauhan!”

Here is the video of the latest flashmob rehearsal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a10KZ_GGe-E.

Additonal participating groups are Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau (WLB), Amnesty International – Pilipinas (AI), BATIS, Kasibulan, WAGI, WEDPRO, and numerous individuals who joined through the event’s facebook page.

Let’s continue uniting to end all forms of violence against women!

Iboto ang iyong #HRPinduterosChoice para sa HR EVENTS.

Ang botohan ay magsisimula ngayon hanggang sa 11:59 ng Nov 15, 2013.

Ikaw para kanino ka pipindot? Simple lang bumoto:
• i-LIKE ang thumbnail/s ng iyong mga ibinoboto sa HRonlinePH facebook, i-share at
ikampanya.
• Bisitahin ang post sa HRonlinePH.com (links sa bawat thumbnail) at pindutin ang button sa
poll sa ilalim ng bawat nominadong post.
• Most number of the combined likes sa FB at sa poll buttons ang magiging 3rd HR Pinduteros
Choice na kikilalanin sa 2013 HR week celebration.

Makiisa sa pagpapalaganap ng impormasyon hinggil sa karapatang pantao. Pindot na!

WHAT IS 3RD HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE AWARDS? https://hronlineph.com/2013/10/01/3rd-human-rights-
pinduteros-choice-awards/

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[Featured Video] Feminist Flashmob for Women’s Rights -PH TakeBacktheTech

Feminist Flashmob for Women’s Rights [Philippines – Full Version]
PHTakeBacktheTech

Take back the techDuring the International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2012, a feminist flashmob dance to the tune of “I am Woman” led by World March of Women – Pilipinas was held at Plaza Miranda (in front on Quiapo Church, Manila, PH), at noon.

Women dancers-activists first blended with the vendors, with some holding balloons, as fortune-tellers, beggars, etc. Three dancers started clapping to the tune of the music, then seven dancers joined releasing purple balloons bearing the logo of the World March of Women. They were joined by another 20 coming from the crowd, until it grew to 70. The last batch of dancers, students from the University of the Philippines –Manila made it a throng. On the last minute of the song, as steps turned to hip-hop, dancers took off their costumes, revealing white shirts which defiantly bore words “RH Now” in the face of continued delay in its passage in Congress. Some shirts shout “Climate Justice!”, in the face of ongoing negotiations in Doha, Qatar and the devastation of typhoon Pablo in Mindanao. Other shirts carried slogans such as “Women Need FOI!”, “Secure Jobs for All!” and “Scrap VFA!”

Around 100 participated in the flashmob from Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL), Bagong Kamalayan, Batis Center for Women, Buklod, Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA), Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – Asia Pacific (CATW-AP), Focus on the Global South, Foundation for Media Alternatives, KAISA – Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan – UP Diliman, KAISA-KA, Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK), Partido ng Manggagawa, Sarilaya, TIGRA Philippines, UP Manila students, WomanHealth Philippines, Women’s Crisis Center (WCC), and Youth and Students Advancing Gender Equality (YSAGE)

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This Video Production is part of 16 days x 16 stories of Take Back the Tech campaign
Produced by Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA)
Editor: Hazel Tan
Videographers: Eric Sister, Hazel Tan, Johanna Acielo, Hazel of Sarilaya

Here is a vimeo version of this video – http://vimeo.com/55371741

Iboto ang iyong #HRPinduterosChoice para sa HR VIDEOS.

Ang botohan ay magsisimula ngayon hanggang sa 11:59 ng Nov 15, 2013.

Ikaw para kanino ka pipindot? Simple lang bumoto:
• pindutin ang inyong napupusuan sa poll button sa ibaba ng post na ito
• i-LIKE ang thumbnail/s ng iyong mga ibinoboto sa HRonlinePH facebook, i-share at
ikampanya.
• Most number of the combined likes sa FB at sa poll buttons ang magiging 3rd HR Pinduteros
Choice na kikilalanin sa 2013 HR week celebration.

Makiisa sa pagpapalaganap ng impormasyon hinggil sa karapatang pantao. Pindot na!

WHAT IS 3RD HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE AWARDS? https://hronlineph.com/2013/10/01/3rd-human-rights-
pinduteros-choice-awards/

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[Press Release] No Knock-Out for Human Rights Defenders -Dakila

No Knock-Out for Human Rights Defenders

active_vistaActive Vista Film Festival celebrated Human Rights Day as it held its closing and awards night ceremony at the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) Theater on Monday, December 10.

Together with Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), Human Rights Defenders-Pilipinas, Foundation for Media Alternatives and HR Online, Active Vista went back in time to commemorate 40 years since Martial Law.

“We wanted to look back at the 70’s because we wanted to remember Martial Law, its victims, and the human rights defenders of that time, such as PETA and TFDP which were both formed during the Martial Law years,” Kristine Kintana, Program Director of Active Vista, said.

“The Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival traveled to 20 cities this year to impart to the youth the lessons of Martial Law and be human rights defenders of their time, especially with Cyber Martial Law threatening our freedom,” Kintana added.

Active Vista produced 10 new short films this year tackling various human rights issues – through its ALAB Advocacy Filmmaking Program.

Leni Velasco, Executive Director of Dakila, the group behind the Active Vista Film Festival said, “The Alab Filmmaking Program of Active Vista aims to foster a generation of filmmakers that will make films that illuminate life and make real the stories behind the headlines and statistics so that we may be able to empathize with the struggles of those whose rights are trampled upon and silenced; and embrace it as our own.”

The event also awarded the top “Pindoteros” of the human rights portal HROnline.PH or digital activists who use the Internet to push forward advocacies and as well as the winners of the ALAB 2012 Short Film Competition.

“There are so many ways to be a human rights defender today. The Internet and cinema are just two media, which we can use. We have to exhaust all means to respect and uphold the dignity, rights, and freedom of the people,” Velasco further explained.

“Our long history of struggle has proven that Human Rights defenders will continue to fight and will not be knocked down by those who continue to violate it,” she added.

Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival is organized by Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism and supported by AusAID, Movies that Matter and the Royal Norwegian Embassy.

MEDIA RELEASE
DAKILA
10 December 2012
Press Contact: Rash Caritativo 09151780240

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