The Philippines' Awful New 'Cybercrime' Law Put On Hold — For Now
from the a-reprieve-not-a-repeal dept
Last week Tim Cushing wrote about the hugely-worrying new “cybercrime” law passed in the Philippines that seemed likely to criminalize all kinds of everyday online activities. As an article on Radio Australia’s site reports, the Philippines’ highest court has now stepped in after being petitioned to block the legislation:
The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a controversial cybercrime law, amid huge online protests over fears it would impose enormous curbs on Internet freedoms.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said a “temporary restraining order” was issued by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Such an order stops Philippine laws from taking effect until further orders from the court, while making no immediate judgement on their legality.
The same article reports on the widespread protests the new law has provoked:
Human rights groups, media organisations and netizens have voiced their outrage at the law, with some saying it echoes the curbs on freedoms imposed by dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s.
Philippine social media has been alight with protests, while hackers have attacked government websites and petitions have been filed with the Supreme Court calling for it to overturn the law.
It’s great to see the Supreme Court recognizing that there might be a problem here, but it’s too early to assume victory. The law might still go into operation — with what looks like dire consequences for the Internet and civil rights in the Philippines.