Janne Claudian C. Salvaña
College Editors Guild of the Philippines
CEGP-LANAO THUMBS DOWN TO CYBERCRIME LAW
THE College Editors Guild of the Philippines – Lanao chapter slams down the cybercrime law with series of campaigns held and to be planned in the provinces of Lanao namely Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur.
The cybercrime law, though drafted to block the internet against child pornography, cybersex dens, terrorism, and the likes, the Law runs over some basic human rights provided for in Article III, section 4 of the 1987 Philippine constitution. In effect, it hampers the freedom of expression and of the right of the press. Moreover, the ambiguous libel clause of the law endangers press freedom and of the efficiency of the still budding campus journalists, expresses the CEGP Chapter. With this regard, CEGP-Lanao highly supports the campaign to junk the law!
CEGP Lanao has already launched signature and thumbprint campaigns and photo booths against the said unconstitutional law last January 14 and 15. The booths were stationed in the covered walk of Mindanao State University-Marawi City where almost a thousand students signed up, ‘Like to Unlike’, as the thumb printing tagline states, and ‘Pose To Oppose’ for the photo booth.
More campaigns will be launched this February 4-6, 2013 such as sticker giving, where stickers will be distribute to the students, black protest where students will wear BLACK shirt as a sign of protest, awareness drive where posters and leaflets will be spread out all over the MSU campus, and an awareness booth where educational materials such as primers and videos will be displayed. A Press Conference and Radio hopping also will be conducted by the guild this February 5, 2013 for information dissemination and media projection that CEGP Lanao is strongly against and calls for junking of ANTI-CYBERCRIME LAW.
The Guild also will also do alliance work to League of Filipino Students (LFS), Amnesty International MSU, Liga ng Kabataang Moro (LKM), Union of Communication Artists (UniCA), MSU-Main College of Information Technology, BLOGGERS of Iligan, STAND-IIT and STAND-MSU, MSU-IIT debate Varisty and Others and join them to an alliance named KABATAAN KONTRA CYBERCRIME LAW.
As the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) of the Cybercrime Law ends on February 6, CEGP Lanao chapter will never give up on upholding press freedom.
RESPECT AND UPHOLD PRESS FREEDOM!
JUNK CYBERCRIME LAW!