“We reiterate that Esperon should be held accountable for masterminding the blocking of more than a dozen websites of media outfits and progressive groups.”
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“Cyber censorship has no place in a democracy.”
The hearing for the case Bulatlat filed to seek the nullification of the website blocking order starts again on June 15 under a new judge.
Press Release | NTC’s motion for inhibition of judge in website blocking case neither just nor valid
“It is an insult to the intelligence and independence of the presiding Judge, and the entire judicial system for that matter.”
A few weeks before the start of the trial, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) asked the Quezon City trial judge handling the website blocking case to inhibit, saying that she has shown “bias and partiality” in favor of Bulatlat.
Alternative online news Bulatlat assailed the attempt of former National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. to exonerate himself over his own website blocking order by saying the current security chief should replace him as a defendant.
In an effort to highlight the attacks against press freedom in the international community, alternative media groups have submitted their complaints to experts from the United Nations on Friday, Nov. 11, in Geneva Switzerland.
In the motion, Bulatlat argued that the memorandum filed by the NTC “is a content-based prior restraint on protected expression, which is unconstitutional” and Bulatlat “suffered from grave injustice or irreparable injury” from the implementation of the website blocking.
“The ATC is neither an indispensable nor a necessary party in this case as it does not have any involvement in the issuance of the assailed Memorandum,” said Bulatlat, pointing out that parties of interest are already impleaded as defendants in the case.
The blocking of the websites occurred in the context of incessant red-tagging.
This is prior restraint against protected speech. It is downright unacceptable as it is based on Esperon’s mere hearsay.