Bantay ICT (ICT Watch), a group of advocates doing analysis and policy interventions on information and communication technology issues, especially those related to communication rights, has issued a statement concerning the "hacking" incident on our blog. Following are excerpts from the emailed statement:
Bantay ICT strongly condemns the reported hacking of the PCIJ website. This incident is an infringement on our constitutionally guaranteed right to information and freedom of expression. It bodes of worst things to come.
Just recently, security forces raided a printing press for publishing posters critical of the administration. Weeks before, the Justice Secretary kept on issuing warnings against the playing of the "Gloriagate" CDs. It is quite obvious that these acts, including the hacking of the PCIJ website, intended to limit our access to vital information related to the wiretapped conversation. Clearly, these are acts of censorship.
We are calling on the Filipino people to be vigilant and be always ready to protect our rights. We warn the perpetrator of the PCIJ website hacking that we will resist all efforts to impose censorship and restrictions to access to information especially on the Internet.
Bantay ICT encourages Filipino internet users to continue the online sharing of the wiretapped conversation between the President and the COMELEC commissioner so that more Filipinos will know the truth.