Mong Palatino

blogging about the philippine left and southeast asian politics since 2004


@mongster is a manila-based activist, former philippine legislator, and blogger/analyst of asia-pacific affairs.

Death in custody of a Nobel laureate, sentencing bloggers, and Pakistan’s UN review. Last July 2018 in the Asia-Pacific region saw the death of China’s most renowned political prisoner, harsh convictions against dissident bloggers in Vietnam, threats to encryption in Australia, concerns about PNG’s cybercrime act, the first ever review of Pakistan’s human rights record by the UN Human Rights Committee, and more. Read more.

Historic court victories on right to privacy in India and LGBTQI+ in South Korea. Historic court rulings in India and South Korea affirming the right to privacy and the equal recognition of LGBTQI+ were among the inspiring stories in the month of August – islands in a sea of relentless attacks against members of the media across the Asia-Pacific region. Read more.

Media murders, illegal anonymity & toxic politics: September in Asia/Pacific. September was a gloomy month for free expression in the region, which saw a surge in media killings in India, the banning of anonymous online comments and chats in China, the closure of a newspaper and dozens of critical radio stations in Cambodia, and the filing of criminal cases against internet users in several countries for ‘insulting’ top government leaders. Read more.

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