Mong Palatino

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Mong Palatino is a Philippines activist, former legislator, Southeast Asia blogger, and Chair of Bayan Metro Manila.

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2017/02/19 | Mong Palatino

Thai Media Groups: Proposed Law Could Bring Total Government Control of the Press

'It is also a major step backward of more than 20 years of the media reform process that the Thai journalist community fought for to democratize media space from state monopoly, and toward diversity and access to information.'

2019/03/25 | Mong Palatino

MALAYSIA: Women's Day Organizers Probed for Sedition After Controversy

At least seven Women's Day march organizers in Malaysia were told by police they could face sanctions for possible violations of the Sedition Act and Peaceful Assembly Act.

2019/03/14 | Mong Palatino

PHILIPPINES: Independent Media Decries Cyberattacks, Accuses Government

Several groups held protests against continued cyberattacks which they claim are backed by the Duterte administration.

2017/02/27 | Mong Palatino

Why Singapore Changed the Name of the New World War II Exhibition

Many felt the name was an insult to thousands who suffered during the Japanese occupation.

2017/08/19 | Mong Palatino

TV Network Pays the Price in Thailand for Calling Leader 'Dictator'

Thailand’s army grabbed power in 2014 and has remained in power through a constitution it drafted. The country's media struggles to challenge those in power.

2017/09/13 | Mong Palatino

Free Media Fighting to Stay Alive in Cambodia amid Hun Sen's Latest Crackdown

One daily newspaper, two foreign media services and three local radio stations are among those under threat.

2018/03/12 | Mong Palatino

Vietnam Cracks Down Harder on Dissenters and Activists

Data shows that persecution of dissenters increased in 2017, as did the proportion of harsh prison sentences handed out to writers and peaceful activists.

2017/10/10 | Mong Palatino

Is Free Speech an ‘Empty Promise’ in Singapore?

An artist and political activist was standing alone before the Parliament House, holding a mirror as an act of performance art. He was led away by the police and detained until he posted bail the next day.

2017/10/13 | Mong Palatino

Malaysian's ‘Mother GAIA’ Artwork Calls for Environmental Protection

A new exhibit in Penang, Malaysia features the latest paintings of Jennifer Mourin, an artist known for actively promoting the protection of the environment through her art.

2017/03/16 | Mong Palatino

Vietnam's 'Prison Within a Prison Within a Prison'

Exiled dissident Dang Xuan Dieu recounts the horror of his imprisonment in Vietnam to Mong Palatino.

2017/06/13 | Mong Palatino

'Black Isn't Beautiful' Ad Sparks Outrage in Malaysia

The 15-minute-long ad angered netizens and was quickly criticized it for promoting racism and sexism.

2017/04/20 | Mong Palatino

Thailand Tells Internet Users to Unfollow Junta Critics on Social Media — Or Face Consequences

The government told Thai Internet users to stop following and sharing posts from the social media accounts of three overseas critics of the military-backed government