Anti-Selfie Law In The Country Which Has the Selfiest Cities in The...

Anti-Selfie Law In The Country Which Has the Selfiest Cities in The World

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In Time’s “Selfiest Cities in the World”, Time Magazine ranks Makati City and Pasig City in the Philippines as selfie capitals of the world with 258 selfie-takers per 100,000 people. But this may end so soon now that what most people term as “Anti-Selfie” bill has been calendared for 3rd reading in the plenary. House Bill 4807 or Personal Privacy Act is possibly going to be Anti-Selfie Law if signed in to law. Philippine Congress seeks to prevent people from taking photos albeit originally intended as selfies if the said photos capture other people without their permission.

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The law is grounded on the supposed “Intrusion of Personal Privacy” and imposes civil penalty which consist not only of injunctive and declaratory reliefs but also of compensatory and punitive damages. The law specifically considers capturing by camera or sound recording or other physical impression of a person or family activity as trespass into personal privacy. The only exemption recognized thus far is taking under legitimate law enforcement activities. With this, decline can be expected in #Selfie postings in social media and other video sharing websites.

The proposed law has created a buzz from media and journalists in that the measure will potentially suppress press freedom in the country. Ordinary citizens who are randomly taking snapshots on people, events and places are going to be affected too. The country has been famous for what is known to as citizen journalism so many people will run the risk of being sued in local courts. What most people complain about the law is that it doesn’t matter if the photo was actually sold for profit because it will not be available as a defense in court.

Do you guys think this is one form of press freedom suppression? I would love to hear you in the comments.

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