Photowalk held to oppose cybercrime law

Posted at 10/13/12 4:29 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Despite a temporary restraining order (TRO) imposed upon the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act, almost a hundred members of the group Bawal Magshoot Dito (BMSD) Pilipinas held a photowalk in protest of the said law at the Mendiola bridge Saturday morning.

The group tied yellow ribbons around their cameras, which depicts the Aquino administration's alleged curtailment of freedom of expression.

BMSD founder and creator Mel Cortez said the TRO is not a guarantee that freedom of expression will not be stifled as it will only restrain its implementation for 120 days.

"Ang gusto namin ay permanent knockout. After 120 days ay babalik ulit itong batas na ito para sikilin ang aming freedom of expression," he explained.

He added that the law will even be more detrimental to photojournalists as pictures can mean many different things.

Aside from Mendiola, different cities joined the simultaneous protest, including Calamba, Tagaytay and Cebu.

"One thousand cities lumalabas para ipahayag ang freedom of expression. Kami ay nandito ngayon para sumuporta sa mga nakikipaglaban sa internet freedom," Cortez said.

The BMSD Pilipinas is a 10,000 strong group formed after being prohibited to shoot in historic and iconic places in Manila.