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Philippines: ‘Cybercrime’ law threatens free speech and must be reviewed

Headline Title:  Philippines: ‘Cybercrime’ law threatens free speech and must be reviewed 04 October 2012 A new ‘cybercrime’ law in the Philippines poses serious risks to freedom of expression and must be reviewed, Amnesty International said.Under the new law, known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 101750), a person could be sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for posting online comments judged to be libellous. “The ‘cybercrime’ law rolls back protections for free speech in the Philippines. Under this law, a peaceful posting on the Internet could result in…

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