Mong Palatino

Blogging about the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific since 2004


@mongster is a Manila-based activist, former Philippine legislator, and blogger/analyst of Asia-Pacific affairs.

July 2021: #FOEwatch in Malaysia, Hong Kong freedom in ‘tatters’, Kem Ley, and arrests in Vietnam. Artists and activists summoned by Malaysian police, the continuing fight for justice five years after Kem Ley’s death in Cambodia, Hong Kong media freedom in ‘tatters’, alarming arrests and convictions in Vietnam, released journalists share their prison ordeal in Myanmar, and Pegasus spyware in India. Read more

August 2021: Protecting journalists in Afghanistan, #Lawan protest in Malaysia, and shrinking civic space in Hong Kong. Groups called for the protection of journalists and citizens at risk in Afghanistan, participants of #Lawan protests were summoned by the police in Malaysia, threats forced Hong Kong’s largest teachers’ union and pro-democracy coalition to disband, regulations against disinformation were introduced in Thailand and South Korea, and women journalists Rozina Islam, Maria Ressa, and Cheng Lei remained defiant despite facing persecution. Read more

September 2021: Attacks against alternative media, #FreeZhangZhan, and historic RTI victory in Sri Lanka. Two alternative media websites were targeted by cyberattacks in the Philippines, while an independent news website was forced to stop operating in Singapore. Human rights groups call for the humanitarian release of lawyer and journalist Zhang Zhan in China. A landmark court ruling in Sri Lanka led to the disqualification of an official based on evidence obtained through the Right to Information Act. Read more

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