The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) and the Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC) file Wednesday two separate petitions against the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
The NUJP is joined by the Philippine Press Institute (PPI), the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), and 11 other media organizations.
In its petition, NUJP says that the law “will set back decades of struggle against the darkness of ‘constitutional dictatorship’ and replace it with ‘cyber authoritarianism’.”
AHRC meanwhile, says the law’s libel provision is “unconstitutionally overbroad” and “all encompassing in scope” and would cause “even innocent minded people to be hesitant in expressing their thoughts.”
There are nine petitions against the controversial law to date. The law takes effect today, October 3.
Last Friday, September 28, I joined the petition against the law filed by broadcaster Alex Adonis, who was sent to prison for libel for four years and served two, journalist Ellen Tordesillas, and lawyers Romel Bagares and Gilbert Andres. Click here for our petition.
Read full text of NUJP’s petition:
Read full text of AHRC’s petition: