Cybercrime law’s threat to freedom of information

first_img PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa October 9, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cybercrime law’s threat to freedom of information Photo : Tudla Productions Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Follow the news on Philippines The Philippines supreme court voted unanimously today to impose a 120-day temporary restraining order on the “Cybercrime Prevention Act 2012” pending hearings beginning 15 January to determine whether any of its provisions violate civil liberties.The court issued its ruling in response to 15 petitions against the law, known as Republic Act No. 10175, which President Benigno Aquino signed on 12 September.Reporters Without Borders takes the view that the amendments being proposed will not suffice and that the law should be repealed outright. Combatting cybercrime is legitimate but this law, which added online defamation to its list of “cybercrimes” at the last moment, poses too much of a threat to freedom of information.It is regrettable that the authorities did not consult sufficiently with civil society during the drafting process, which lacked transparency.Demonstrators gathered outside the supreme court building today in protest against the law, which has also prompted calls for an Internet boycott. Local activists and media groups have been expressing concern and campaigning against it since April.Reporters Without Borders is worried by the lack of a precise definition of online defamation, which exposes all Internet users to the possibility of prosecution. Many questions are being raised about the law:- Could an ordinary “like” on Facebook or an online comment about allegedly defamatory content lead to prosecution? Or could retweeting this kind of content lead to prosecution?- Would bloggers be held liable for the defamatory comment that visitors post on their blogs?- Could Internet Service Providers or other technical intermediaries be held liable for offending content posted by an unidentified person, as recently happened in Brazil? Would they be forced to adopt intrusive surveillance measures in order to identify Internet users liable for prosecution?In the Philippines, libel is a crime punishable by up to four years in prison and a fine of 200 to 6,000 pesos under article 355 of the 1930 Revised Penal Code. That’s bad enough, but under Chapter III Section 8 of Republic Act No. 10175, online defamation is punishable by up to 12 years in prison and a fine of 1 million pesos.Concern about possible abuse of the new law is justified given the frequency with politicians and other public figures have sued journalists and news media in recent years to get them to censor themselves.According to Sen. Edgardo Angara, one of its most enthusiastic advocates, the Cybercrime Prevention Act is meant to “encourage the use of cyberspace” and protect against its “abuse and misuse”But Global Voices quotes Internet users as describing the inclusion of online defamation in the law as a “clumsy cut-and-paste job” that is completely inappropriate to the Internet and could pave the way to abuses.The law’s articles on online defamation are an almost word-for-word copy of the definition of libel in article 353 of the Reformed Penal Code, simply adding that they apply to defamation committed by electronic means.Asia’s first murder of a journalists in 2012 took place in the Philippines, which continues to be one of the world’s most dangerous countries for the media and which was ranked 140th out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. May 3, 2021 Find out more News News to go further News News Help by sharing this information June 1, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Peter King Slams Cruz’s ‘New York Values’ Insult: ‘Go Back Under a Rock’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo demanded that Cruz apologize to the residents of New York before noting that such an offering from Cruz would likely be unwelcomed.“Not that I believe they need it or they want it,” Cuomo said on NY1.Cruz’s opponents labeled him a hypocrite, pointing to his indulgence for “New York money.”“I’m sure he’s going to return all of the money, I’m always open to give him an education on what New York values are all about,” said Cuomo.This is the same Cruz who voted against a Sandy relief bill in the wake of the devastating superstorm that slammed the region in 2012. Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz (R-TX) can talk all he wants about carpet bombing areas controlled by ISIS, civilian casualties be dammed, without drawing a broad rebuke, but condemning the values of New York is apparently off limits.As Cruz has ascended in the polls, so has his rhetoric against chief rival Donald Trump. Caught in the middle of their childlike spat is New York, or more accurately, the state’s system of “values”—whatever that means.New Yorkers have taken to social media to defend the Big Apple and the Empire State, even reviving the decades-old fabricated beef between Biggie Smalls and Tupac. Cruz, the latest victim of Trump’s birther movement, has also drawn the ire of lawmakers across the state, including Long Island’s most outspoken Congressman.Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), who has previously railed against the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party, lambasted the Texas senator on Friday.“Memo to Ted Cruz: New York Values are the heroes of 9/11; the cops who fight terror; and the people you ask for campaign donations,” King said in statement through his spokesman.“Go back under a rock,” he added.Cruz’s backfiring quips began with his lashing out against Trump’s “New York values” following the billionaire’s repeated criticism about Cruz’s White House qualifications. Cruz was born in Canada, but his mother is a US citizen.During Thursday night’s GOP debate in South Carolina, Cruz said New York values are akin to being “socially liberal, pro-gay marriage, pro-abortion, focused on money and the media.” That was his way of defending his unprovoked rebuke of New York.New Yorkers used Twitter to remind Cruz of their perseverance after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to defend the New York way of life. The New York Daily News, not one to back down from a challenge, produced a viral cover featuring an appalled Lady Liberty flipping the bird at Cruz and eloquently suggesting he “drop dead” and disappear north of the border.center_img Embed from Getty Imageslast_img read more

GVC’s partypoker announces lobby & table upgrades designed on player feedback

first_img Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 GVC Holdings online poker subsidiary partypoker has concluded a set of enhancements to the look and feel of its product lobby and tables, having received feedback from a large segment of its players.Updating its player base, partypoker management stated that it wanted to ‘improve the player experience, especially for those playing longer poker sessions’.Notable changes to its poker lobby include improved product navigation, collapsible game filters, faster updated sit&go information, enhanced tournament displays.With regards to partypoker’s game tables, players will be able to view games in full-screen mode, gain better information of tournament rankings/movements whilst playing with improved all-round graphics.Managing Director of partypoker Tom Waters commented on the improvements:“We acknowledge that our poker product needed some love. We have been working on this project for a number of months with the support of a large group of players. We have been testing the phase 1 release over the past couple of weeks and the feedback from the players has been extremely encouraging. There are many more enhancements in the pipeline and I am confident that by the end of 2017 our players will be delighted with the improved look and feel and the usability of the software. We know what the bigger issues are and believe that these upgrades will address all of those. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to feedback and suggested improvements. I hope that the new partypoker player experience is to everyone’s liking.” Submit Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020last_img read more