We interrupt our regularly scheduled fashion posts.
Not another Cybercrime Law post! you think. But far from merely writing about what everyone else is writing, I'm posting this because I believe in free speech. I believe in inalienable rights. And I am sick and tired of TRAPO politicians duping tax-paying, law-abiding citizens like you and I because of their gargantuan egos. The Cybercrime Law is a massive abuse of power; it once again penalizes the hardworking, educated middle class whose taxes keep this country running and, hey, maybe just maybe, would like to see some accountability in our government -- and so exercise our right to free speech to criticize and call them to task on cyberspace.
I'm protesting the only way I know how: by refusing to be cowed. By communicating my dismay. By letting my voice be heard. You should, too. We keep on saying "never again" when we talk about Martial Law. Well, here it is, people. The litmus test: will we be passive when confronted by such a law, or will we choose to act, to speak? Never Again indeed!
This bill silences us. Bloggers, social media enthusiasts, netizens. If we don't stand up for what we believe in, who will? Not the majority of the Senate, that's for damn sure.
ETA: The Philippines Passes a Cybercrime Prevention Act that Makes SOPA Look Reasonable (Forbes.com)
Digital Martial Law: 10 Scary Things About the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (GMAnetwork.com)
Today is the Death of Democracy in the Philippines (Topaz Horizon)
Sign the petition to junk the cybercrime prevention law (Change.org)*
*Online petitions are great for gaining critical mass, but so's a more concrete, legal-based action. Any lawyers groups out there willing to take this on? If you know any, please let me know. I'd love to contribute and support that too.
Cause a ruckus on Twitter: