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.

April 2023. Fiji’s media victory, Vietnam’s “Kafkaesque trial”, and World Press Freedom Day in the Asia-Pacific: A historic win for the media in Fiji, a “Kafkaesque trial” in Vietnam, a Taiwanese publisher detained in China, a new law threatens free speech in India, and IFEX members across Asia-Pacific mark World Press Freedom Day. Read more

May 2023. Pakistan’s crisis, Hong Kong’s library purge, Chinese censorship (no laughing matter) and some good news. Pakistan’s political crisis has turned violent as authorities blocked internet services, China’s crackdown on dissent targeted commentators and comedians, Hong Kong has purged libraries of books written by pro-democracy advocates, and several court decisions affirmed the legality of same-sex marriages. Read more

June 2023. Repression and resistance in Asia: ‘Freedom will always win’: Repressive laws and policies target journalists, poets, rappers, and comedians across Asia. The decline of media freedom in India was highlighted during the United States visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There were several legal victories in Hong Kong and Australia while local protests erupted in China. New platforms promoting the right to information were launched in Southeast Asia. Read more

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