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Hulyen artist sounds alarm after artwork used in red-tagging post

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Hulyen artist sounds alarm after artwork used in red-tagging post
Artist Julienne Dadivas asks her followers to report a Facebook page for editing her art without permission

The local artist behind Hulyen Comics, Julienne Dadivas, took to social media to call out a Facebook page that used and edited her art in a post that red-tagged activists.

Dadivas asked her followers to report the Facebook page “The Right Bulsuan” in a Facebook post on Tuesday, July 28.

“Walang paalam na ginamit at inedit pa yung art ko para mang-red tag,” she wrote. (They didn’t ask permission to use my art. They even used it to red-tag.)

The post by The Right Bulsuan on July 7 features Hulyen’s drawing of a girl, holding up a placard with the statement “activism is a step to terrorism.”

It’s an edited version of Hulyen’s original post which, ironically, advocated the opposite – that activism is not akin to terrorism.

The Facebook page’s “About Me” section goes: “resist the resistance inside Bulacan State University.”

The original Hulyen Comics artwork was posted on June 3.

So what?

The post by “The Right Bulsuan” hits two birds in one stone – plagiarism (stealing another’s work and passing it off as one’s own) and red-tagging.

Red-tagging, according to the Philippine Supreme Court, is “the act of labeling, branding, naming and accusing individuals and/or organizations of being left-leaning, subversives, communists or terrorists (used as) a strategy…by State agents, particularly law enforcement agencies and the military, against those perceived to be ‘threats’ or ‘enemies of the State.'”

The act becomes even more dangerous in the context of the recently-passed Anti-Terrorism Bill, which human rights lawyers and advocates have said is prone to abuse. –

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