International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the National
Union of Journalists Philippines (NUJP) in welcoming the October 9 decision by
the Supreme Court of the Philippines to issue a temporary restraining order
against the implementation of RA 10175 - the Cybercrime Prevention Act, also
known as the Cybercrime law.
The Cybercrime law
has been broadly criticised and serious concerns have been raised regarding its
potential to negatively impact freedom of expression, particularly as the scope of criminal libel under the law extends to all online expression.
restraining order against the implementation of the Cybercrime law followed
extensive protests led by the NUJP with members of the media, bloggers,
netizens, human rights groups, people’s organizations, progressive legislators,
questioning the legitimacy of the law and demanding its repeal.
“It is the very least the Supreme Court can do
confronted with a blatantly unconstitutional and repressive law” said the NUJP.
While the NUJP welcome the temporary
restraining order as a brief respite, they remain cautious and call on the national
legislators to dismantle the law.
“The IFJ applauds the defenders of freedom of expression
in the Philippines for their steadfast stand against the Cybercrime law. We join
the NUJP in calling on
the Supreme Court to repeal the law which is in contradiction with the country’s
constitution and obligations under international law. We further call on the
legislators in the Philippines to decriminalize libel and pass the Freedom of
information Bill” said IFJ Asia-Pacific Director, Jacqueline Park.
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