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Mong Palatino
Mong Palatino

He is a regular blogger and Global Voices regional editor for Southeast Asia and Oceania.

Vietnamese Activists Get Three Years in Prison for ‘Obstructing Traffic’
August 29, 2014
Vietnamese Activists Get Three Years in Prison for ‘Obstructing Traffic’
The country comes in for international criticism after cracking down on activists and their supporters.
Vietnamese Activists Get Three Years in Prison for ‘Obstructing Traffic’
Charter Reforms in Southeast Asia: The Good, The Bad, and The Half-Serious
August 20, 2014
Charter Reforms in Southeast Asia: The Good, The Bad, and The Half-Serious
Constitutional changes reflect democracy’s transitive nature in Southeast Asia.
Charter Reforms in Southeast Asia: The Good, The Bad, and The Half-Serious
Malaysia Threatens to Block Facebook
August 14, 2014
Malaysia Threatens to Block Facebook
Malaysia’s internet freedom has been threatened from several corners, as the PM assures free speech.
Malaysia Threatens to Block Facebook
Philippine Bangsamoro Peace Deal in Danger of Collapse
August 08, 2014
Philippine Bangsamoro Peace Deal in Danger of Collapse
The MILF claims the government has reneged on a significant portion of their agreement.
Philippine Bangsamoro Peace Deal in Danger of Collapse
Malaysian Leaders Unite for Justice in MH17 Downing
July 25, 2014
Malaysian Leaders Unite for Justice in MH17 Downing
Najib’s negotiations have resulted in widespread support for Malaysia’s position and its victims.
Malaysian Leaders Unite for Justice in MH17 Downing
Singapore Library Bans Books That Feature LGBT Families
July 18, 2014
Singapore Library Bans Books That Feature LGBT Families
Powerful conservative forces remain opposed to the mainstreaming of the LGBT community.
Singapore Library Bans Books That Feature LGBT Families
The Meaning of the Mandalay Riots in Myanmar
July 12, 2014
The Meaning of the Mandalay Riots in Myanmar
The riot reveals interfaith tensions that threaten the country’s nascent democracy.
The Meaning of the Mandalay Riots in Myanmar
Aquino: The First Filipino Nobel Laureate?
July 06, 2014
Aquino: The First Filipino Nobel Laureate?
The Philippine president has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Not everybody is happy about it.
Aquino: The First Filipino Nobel Laureate?
Religious Extremists Target Myanmar Film Festival
June 25, 2014
Religious Extremists Target Myanmar Film Festival
Organizers withdraw a documentary about a friendship between a Buddhist and a Muslim following threats.
Religious Extremists Target Myanmar Film Festival
Thailand’s ‘Happy’ Coup
June 16, 2014
Thailand’s ‘Happy’ Coup
The generals have taken over the country, and they want the people to be happy about it.
Thailand’s ‘Happy’ Coup
A First for Malaysia: Prime Minister Sues Website for Libel
June 12, 2014
A First for Malaysia: Prime Minister Sues Website for Libel
In a move that does much to undermine free speech in Malaysia, Najib takes aim at reader comments.
A First for Malaysia: Prime Minister Sues Website for Libel
Free Speech Under Attack in Southeast Asia
June 05, 2014
Free Speech Under Attack in Southeast Asia
Mainstream and social media are increasingly the target of state censorship in the region.
Free Speech Under Attack in Southeast Asia
Coup Revives Thailand’s Democracy Movement
May 27, 2014
Coup Revives Thailand’s Democracy Movement
Thailand’s coup prone government could inspire its citizens to seek a more inclusive democracy.
Coup Revives Thailand’s Democracy Movement
Thailand’s Coup Will Worsen Political Crisis
May 23, 2014
Thailand’s Coup Will Worsen Political Crisis
This week’s coup demonstrates once again the limitations of Thailand’s democracy.
Thailand’s Coup Will Worsen Political Crisis
The Jokowi Effect in Southeast Asia
May 16, 2014
The Jokowi Effect in Southeast Asia
Joko Widodo’s potential presidential victory could well inspire other citizen movements in Southeast Asia.
The Jokowi Effect in Southeast Asia
Xenophobia and Public Discontent in Singapore
May 08, 2014
Xenophobia and Public Discontent in Singapore
Singaporeans are up in arms over plans by Filipino residents to hold an Independence Day celebration.
Xenophobia and Public Discontent in Singapore
Obama in Philippines: 'Our Goal Is Not to Contain China'
April 29, 2014
Obama in Philippines: 'Our Goal Is Not to Contain China'
Washington signs a new defense accord with Manila. But will it do what its Philippine supporters hope?
Obama in Philippines: 'Our Goal Is Not to Contain China'
The Legacy of Writer and Activist Win Tin
April 24, 2014
The Legacy of Writer and Activist Win Tin
One of Myanmar’s most dominant democracy figures has died, at 85.
The Legacy of Writer and Activist Win Tin
Myanmar’s ‘Black Page’ Media Protest
April 17, 2014
Myanmar’s ‘Black Page’ Media Protest
Local media outlets protest the ongoing detention and harassment of journalists in Myanmar.
Myanmar’s ‘Black Page’ Media Protest
Cambodia’s Draft Cyber Law Threatens Free Speech
April 10, 2014
Cambodia’s Draft Cyber Law Threatens Free Speech
A leaked draft of a bill that would fight cybercrime has activists worried.
Cambodia’s Draft Cyber Law Threatens Free Speech
Thailand’s Deadly Highways
April 03, 2014
Thailand’s Deadly Highways
Nearly 50 people die each day in road accidents during Thailand’s two most popular festivals.
Thailand’s Deadly Highways
Singapore Criminalizes Cyber Bullying and Stalking
March 24, 2014
Singapore Criminalizes Cyber Bullying and Stalking
Concerns have been raised over how the law will be interpreted for journalists and those critical of the government.
Singapore Criminalizes Cyber Bullying and Stalking
Cambodia and Indonesia in the Oscars
March 14, 2014
Cambodia and Indonesia in the Oscars
The Academy recognizes controversial films about Cambodian and Indonesian genocides.
Cambodia and Indonesia in the Oscars
East Timor Eyes Tighter Media Control
March 06, 2014
East Timor Eyes Tighter Media Control
The government claims that the new bill will protect journalists. Media professionals disagree.
East Timor Eyes Tighter Media Control
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