Photographers to hold photo-walk protest in Mendiola vs Cybercrime Law
HUNDREDS of Filipino photographers under the Bawal Mag-Shoot Dito Pilipinas (BMSD-Pilipinas) wil hold a photo-walk protest from Legarda to the Don Chino Roces Bridge in Mendiola, Manila today to urge President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to give-up and immediately junk Republic Act 10175 or the Anti-Cybercrime Prevention Law.
This is despite the existing 120-day Temporary Restraining Order from the Supreme Court.
BMSD-Pilipinas said they want the Cybercrime Law to be in TKO (Technical Knock-Out) and not just TRO.
On their photo-walk protest, participating photographers will cover their cameras and their mouths with yellow cloth as symbol of the curtailment of their freedom of expression which will be caused by the Cybercrime Law of President Aquino as well as their long-drawn advocacy against the No Pay, No Photograph policies on national parks, landmarks and other areas all over the country.
Upon reaching Mendiola, photographers will symbolically put a camera to the monument of Chino Roces who is an icon of free press and expression in the country. They will also hang their cameras on barbwires placed at the Mendiola Bridge as symbol of the repressive Cybercrime Law.
The said photowalk protest here in Manila is just part of the ‘Nationwide Photo-Walk Protests against Cybercrime Law’ which will also be held on various key cities and provinces of the country.