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Hong Kong Writer Blacklisted From Philippines; What's the Take-Home Lesson?

The Philippines is a country where citizens and guest residents/tourists must be very careful.  Free speech isn't like in our home countries, at least not for foreigners.  Here is a case where a journalist was barred from the country for expressing an opinion that the Philippine immigration commissioner did not like.  The rule here are very different from the U.S. where people are routinely barred from visiting based on class and citizenship distinctions, but not barred based on their writings.  I can't say that one is necessarily the more just reason to be barred from visiting / residing in a certain area.  It's clear, though, that for any foreigner considering living in the Philippines: don't rock the owner's boat and expect to be welcomed there, as a nonpaying or paying passenger. 


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