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Filipinos fight ‘cyber martial law’ with #BlackTuesday

Activists in Philippines protest 2012 cyber crime law after Supreme Court upholds it as constitutional.

Filipino stage a protest against the controversial Cybercrime Protection Law that penalizes online libel, in Quezon city, Philippines, 25 February 2014. (EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG)

In protest against the Philippines’ cyber crime law, activists are holding ‘Black Tuesday’ demonstrations online and on the streets to express dissent with the CyberCrime Prevention Act of 2012.

In early February, the Supreme Court upheld the controversial bill, declaring several provisions constitutional. Many critics focus on a provision criminalising online libel, calling it an infringement on free speech and Internet freedom.