Internet use in the Philippines is among the most free in the world, a report said Wednesday, amid Pinoys' worry over a newly approved law that critics say threaten online rights.
"People in the Philippines enjoy nearly unrestricted access to the Internet and other ICTs," independent watchdog Freedom House said in a report dubbed "Freedom on the Net 2012."
The Philippines was rated "free," scoring 23 points in the report where a score of zero means "most free" and 100 "least free".
This placed the country 6th out of 47 in the list, a spot it shared with Italy.
Performing better were Estonia, with a score of 10 points; U.S., 12 points; Germany, 15 points; Australia, 18 points; and Hungary, 19 points.
In Asia, the Philippines is the only country deemed "free."
South Korea was a far second with a score of 34 points. It was deemed "partly free" along with India, 39 points; Indonesia, 42 points; and Malaysia, 43 points.
"To date, the [Philippine] government has steered clear of blocking access to any type of online content," said the report, which covered the January 2011-May 2012 period.
During the survey period, however, the report noted eight proposed measures on the "regulation of online content."
Such proposals have raised concerns the government is seeking to institute a "filtering infrastructure" which "could be potentially used for political and social censorship," Freedom House said.
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