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A New Weapon Against Press Freedom in the Philippines
Carlos H. Conde December 6, 2018

Over the years, many have faced criminal libel suits or have been murdered. The Philippines has often led the world in the most journalists killed in a particular year.
In this way, Maria Ressa, the founder and editor of the spunky website Rappler, can count herself lucky – but not that lucky. On Dec. 3, Ms. Ressa posted bail of about $1,500 after a court issued a warrant for her arrest.

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A New Weapon Against Press Freedom in the Philippines

EU wants PH to address human rights, free speech concerns
February 6, 2021 Raymund Antonio
The Philippine government must address issues and concerns on human rights, freedom of information and expression, and political persecution of its critics, the European Union said.

The Video: Bulatlatan: Of rights and wrongs: Free speech and ‘Terror Law
Jul 8, 2020

'The Forbidden Stories' as global media groups #AmplifyRappler
February 22, 2021
a series of five videos about journalist Maria Ressa and the investigations of – stories that the Philippine authorities want to silence.
From February 22 to 26, 2021, 30 news organizations and advocacy groups shared the five-part series, which focuses on the legal cases against Maria Ressa and Rappler‘s investigations into corruption, human rights abuses and other topics.
The video series was produced with the support of the Pulitzer Center. With the hashtag #AmplifyRappler, the videos aim to give a worldwide echo to the investigations that the Philippine authorities want to silence.
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Tacloban journalist Frenchie Mae Cumpio still hopeful a year after arrest
Feb 9, 2021 Lorraine Ecarma

Cumpio, who celebrated her 22nd birthday in jail, chose to be a journalist in a region where there is a lack of independent media.
Cumpio was arrested on February 7, 2020, at the Eastern Vista staff house in Tacloban City, Leyte, during a series of raids on what the military claimed were "identified Commmunist Terrorist Group safe houses."

International Fact-Checking Network nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Jan 22, 2021

While not a shortlisting for the award, IFCN Director Baybars Örsek says they see the nomination as 'an important validation of the work of fact-checkers worldwide'

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Duterte gov’t ends 1989 deal barring troops from UP
Jan 18, 2021 Rambo Talabong
The 1989 UP-DND Accord prevented state forces from entering the state university without notifying the school administration.
The termination comes at a time when protests have been restricted by the pandemic and the Duterte government's antagonistic treatment of demonstrators.


Rodrigo Duterte’s Toolbox of Media Co-optation: The mainstream media vs. illiberal democracy in social media
This paper presents a “trimmed” version of the “Media Co-optation Toolbox” crafted by Freedom House to explain how President Rodrigo Duterte has kept Philippine mainstream media organizations in check by employing economic/legal and extra-legal and means to demand submission or silence from journalists.

LIVE: House hearing on Lopez Group of Companies
January 18, 2021

Months after the shutdown of ABS-CBN and the denial of its franchise renewal, the House of Representatives is set to conduct a probe into allegations that were raised against the broadcast giant.

Duterte won't allow ABS-CBN to operate even if Congress grants new franchise
Feb 8, 2021 Rappler
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's anger at the Lopez family flares yet again as he declared he will not recognize any franchise granted by Congress to broadcasting network ABS-CBN. He says this in a recorded speech aired Monday, February 8.

Duterte won't recognize any new ABS-CBN franchise granted by Congress
Feb 8, 2021 Pia Ranada
The Chief Executive says he will 'ignore' any franchise granted to the Lopez Group of Companies – a franchise he has the power to veto.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's anger at the Lopez family flared yet again as he declared he would not recognize any franchise granted by Congress to broadcasting network ABS-CBN.

Duterte tells NTC: Don’t grant ABS-CBN license to operate unless taxes are paid
February 9, 2021 Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte said he will order the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) not to grant ABS-CBN a license to operate even if it is able to obtain a new franchise unless the company pays its taxes.

Duterte says he won‘t let ABS-CBN run even with franchise – unless Lopezes pay taxes
Daphne Galvez February 08, 2021 - wit Video
President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday night that he would not allow ABS-CBN to operate even if Congress would grant the Lopez-owned network a new franchise.

Court orders arrest of Maria Ressa, Rambo Talabong over Benilde thesis story
Jan 14, 2021 Lian Buan
Lawyer Ted Te says the cyber libel case is 'disturbing because it seems like cyber libel is now the first option in case of disagreement on reporting.' Rappler calls for the decriminalization of libel.
Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 24 ordered the arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and reporter Rambo Talabong for cyber libel over the latter's investigative story about an alleged corruption scheme at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (CSB).
In that scheme, students allegedly pay P20,000 to pass their thesis subject.
Fact-checking the falsehoods that came out of 2020
Jan 16, 2021 Vernise Tantuco, Loreben Tuquero

What – or who – were lied about on social media in 2020?
We might have spent most of 2020 at home, but that didn’t stop falsehoods and rumors from being spread on social media, in our private chat groups, and in some cases, even by public officials.

Dozens of countries back world press freedom call
Dec 10, 2020 Agence France-Presse
Speakers include Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, targeted by criminal charges because of her news site Rappler's criticism of the Duterte government, and the fiancee of murdered Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi
Ministers from more than 50 countries will sign a declaration calling for the protection of journalists at a UN conference in the Netherlands on Wednesday, December 9, the Dutch foreign minister said.
Global rights watchdog says PH civic spaces shrunk: Free speech, assembly now ‘repressed’
Gabriel Pabico Lalu December 08, 2020

A global rights watchdog has given the Philippines a lower grade in terms of how free its civic spaces are, noting that attacks against activists and the media meant that free speech and peaceful assembly have transitioned from “obstructed” to “repressed.”



Attacks and harassment: Women journalists in the Philippines on the cost of truth-telling
Dec 22 and Dec 26, 2020

Who is the main threat to press freedom in the Philippines? Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, veteran journalist Inday Espina-Varona, ANC anchorwoman Karen Davila, editor-in-chief Camille Diola, Rappler Reporter Pia Ranada, and ABS-CBN reporter Chiara Zambrano share how holding the powerful to account has become a dangerous calling for journalists in the Philippines.

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Why PH media need to change old ways in covering Duterte when he lies
Dec 2, 2020 Camille Elemia

Journalists need to 'step up' their game to defend the truth against propaganda and disinformation
Traditional ways of covering presidents must be revisited, especially when President Rodrigo Duterte spews lies and baseless claims.

Disinformation on social media more destructive in PH than in US
Jan 9, 2021 Vernise Tantuco
Disinformation on social media is more destructive in the Philippines than it is in the US because institutions are weaker in the Asian country

isinformation researchers unpack the game of lies and its impact on democracy
Dec 10, 2020 Jene-Anne Pangue
Whether the lies are found on social media, in books, or in institutions of broader governance systems, an expert says disinformation is centralized, organized, and funded


The Dictator's Playbook
June 16, 2020 Center for Humane Technology

In a podcast released by the Center for Humane Technology, Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa reveals, play by play, how an aspiring strongman can use social media to spread falsehoods, sow confusion, intimidate critics and subvert democratic institutions.
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Tweeting screenshots is malicious? Maria Ressa charged with 2nd cyber libel
Dec 3, 2020 Lian Buan

In a motion to quash filed on December 2, Maria Ressa cites a Supreme Court decision which says that, judging as criminal the act of sharing a supposedly libelous post would have a chilling effect on the freedom of expression

2nd cyber libel charge vs Ressa is absurd, says #HoldTheLine Coalition
Dec 4, 2020
The #HoldTheLine Coalition condemned the second cyber libel charge against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, calling for the "absurd" charge to be dropped immediately.

Cyber libel over tweeted screenshots a 'wrong test case' for internet era
Dec 4, 2020 Lian Buan
In the limits of legal procedures, no one else can challenge the prosecutors' interpretation of cyber libel, until and unless they too are charged

Amal Clooney: Maria Ressa's second cyber libel charge 'absurd'
Dec 3, 2020 Lian Buan
Charges over a tweet is a 'behavior of a despotic regime' says Maria Ressa's other foreign counsel, Caoilfhionn Gallagher

Red-tagging not freedom of speech, says lawyers’ group
December 5, 2020 Jeffrey Damicog

An organization of lawyers on Saturday, Dec. 5, said red-tagging cannot be called freedom of speech.
“Red-tagging is basically hate speech, that is, false statements that incite crime, violence, discrimination and hostility against individuals or groups,” National Union of People’s Lawyer (NUPL) president Olalia said in a statement.

Journo Lady Ann Salem from red-tagged site arrested on Human Rights Day
Gabriel Pabico Lalu December 10, 2020
A female journalist from red-tagged alternative news site Manila Today was arrested on Thursday, media organizations National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP) and International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) confirmed.

We stand with Lady Ann Salem
Dec 14, 2020
It's a message to all critics of Rodrigo Duterte: We will crush you, especially on this cherished day of yours
This brings with it its own set of vulnerabilities. Even Goliath met his match in David. And even Ferdinand Marcos, with the might of state power at his disposal, could not silence a critical press.

Human rights group sees more attacks vs activists
December 12, 2020 Raymund Antonio
A human rights group has warned of more attacks on activists and dissidents following the series of arrests on a female journalist and six union organizers on Human Rights Day last Thursday.

‘Free Lady Ann Salem’: Groups demand release of Manila Today editor
Dec 11, 2020 Gaby Baizas
Various groups and institutions say that the journalist's arrest is an 'outright attack on freedom of expression'

PNP arrests editor of red-tagged outlet in Mandaluyong home
Dec 10, 2020 Rambo Talabong
The arrest of Lady Ann Salem, editor of red-tagged publication Manila Today, coincides with Human Rights Day
Police arrested journalist Lady Ann Salem, editor of red-tagged alternative publication Manila Today, after raiding her Mandaluyong home on Thursday, December 10.

Experts want global task force to probe abuses vs journalists
Nov 26, 2020 Camille Elemia

'For too long, impunity for such crimes has been perceived as insurmountable and the international community has only offered empty expressions of condemnation,' says panel member Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

ANALYSIS: Alarming evidence of online attacks on women journalists leading to ‘real world’ violence
Nov 25, 2020 Julie Posetti, Jackie Harrison, Silvio Waisbord

'When a woman journalist is threatened with violence online, this should be taken very seriously'
The insidious problem of online violence against women journalists is increasingly spilling offline, with potentially deadly consequences, a new global survey suggests.

At least 7 of 10 women journalists face online violence
Dec 9, 2020 Camille Elemia
Perpetrators include 'misogynistic mobs' that try to silence women and state-linked disinformation networks, among others


State of journalism in PH now worse since Maguindanao Massacre
Nov 23, 2020 ANC 24/7

For Rappler Chief Executive Maria Ressa, the state of journalism here in the Philippines has definitely gotten worse more than a decade since the Maguindanao Massacre. She says, the situation now is far more insiduous with unthinkable events becoming reality including the shutdown of Philippine Media Giant ABS-CBN.



Are deepfakes breaking our grip on reality?
Al Jazeera English November 16, 2020

Video has come to dominate the online experience. So, as the world becomes increasingly ideologically fractured, it is no surprise it is being exploited and weaponised for political purposes.
The problem is they often feature people saying and doing things they never did. Perhaps most memorably, in 2018 filmmaker Jordan Peele made the video to warn that, in the future, the breakdown in trust between politicians, the media and viewers is only set to grow.


PH media urged to call out sources propagating falsehoods
Nov 20, 2020 ABS-CBN News
A board member of the CMFR on Friday urged the Philippine media to call out news sources propagating falsehoods and religiously fact-check claims as part of its duty in informing the public.

Groups call on gov’t to protect journalists, end ‘lawfare’
Cathrine Gonzales November 02, 2020

Several media and human rights groups on Monday condemn violence against media workers in the country as they called out the government for adopting an “unwritten policy of lawfare” that they said boosted the climate of impunity.

Duterte legacy: ABS-CBN shutdown leaves 'many people in the dark' during super typhoon
Nov 1, 2020 Lian Buan

While many news organizations are on top of typhoon coverage, Filipinos lose ABS-CBN's crucial reach to the most far-flung communities
The irony was not lost when, on the eve of the landfall of the strongest tropical cyclone to hit Earth this year, Philippine Disaster Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad appealed to media to help in disseminating information, saying some far-flung areas are only reached by radio.

ABS-CBN closure left ‘noticeable void’ other networks yet to fill
Daphne Galvez November 02, 2020
The shutdown of media network giant ABS-CBN, including its radio and regional network operations, has left a “noticeable void” in information distribution during the onslaught of Super Typhoon Rolly that other networks are yet to provide, former Vice President Jejomar Binay said Monday.

No ABS-CBN stations? Roque says Filipinos can turn to government news channels
Nov 2, 2020 Pia Ranada
Malacañang claims there's 'no communication vacuum' even as netizens mourn the lack of access to typhoon information due to the ABS-CBN shutdown.
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque downplayed the impact of the shutdown of ABS-CBN's franchise rejection to news coverage of Super Typhoon Rolly (Goni)

Palace denies gap in ‘Rolly’ info
November 2, 2020 Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang said Monday there was no vacuum in the dissemination of information before and while the country was experiencing the wrath of typhoon “Rolly,” saying there are enough media organizations working on updating the people about the situation.

ANALYSIS: Filipinos aren’t so much resilient as Duterte is incompetent, abusive
Nov 13, 2020 JC Punongbayan

'The information deficit on Typhoon Ulysses led to needless misery, caused in part by Duterte’s pointless persecution of ABS-CBN'
2020 is a proving to be a bottomless well of disasters. The biggest of all is Duterte himself. says: You have to read this and ALL links in the ANALYSIS


When state agents promote disinformation
Oct 29, 2020

State agents in the Philippines are consistently under scrutiny for promoting and spreading disinformation through both official and personal channels on social media.
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Damian Collins on legislating laws for social media
December 12, 2020
On Wednesday, December 9, US federal and state antitrust enforcers filed a suit against Facebook, claiming the social media giant abused its dominant position and seeking to unwind its acquisitions of messaging services Instagram and WhatsApp. Rappler talked to UK Member of Parliament Damian Collins
December 7, on what governments need to pass the right legislation for social media.
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Duterte 'government is afraid of the truth'
Oct 24, 2020 Camille Elemia

The government attacks the press because 'they’re afraid the truth will come out.... They are afraid that all the corruption and abuses happening in this regime are going to be exposed,' says veteran journalist Sheila Coronel
His administration’s attacks on the free press show how President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies fear the truth and accountability after his term ends in 2022, veteran journalists said in a virtual forum on the state of journalism in the Philippines.

Catriona Gray stands firm after red-tagging: ‘Don’t ever allow your voice to be silenced

Niña V. Guno October 25, 2020
Catriona Gray is not backing down from using her voice despite a military official sending a warning over her ties with a women’s rights group.
The Miss Universe 2018 titleholder showed herself being freed from hands covering her mouth in a video yesterday, Oct. 24.

The Video: Lawyer: Liza Soberano to continue to speak out on women's rights
Oct 24, 2020 ANC 24/7
ABS-CBN actress Liza Soberano says she will continue to speak up, to support women's rights even after a senior military general warned her against supporting leftist women's group Gabriela.

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State of Journalism in the Philippines at Daang Dokyu BrandRoom October 20th, 2020

In an address to the Foreign Press Association at the Vatican last year, Pope Francis pointed out: “Freedom of the press and of expression is an important indicator of the state of a country’s health.”


Chief Justice Peralta meets the press

Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta holds a press conference with justice reporters on Friday, October 23, 2020.

What do governments need to pass the right legislation for social media?
Dec 2, 2020

Over the years, critics have hit technological platforms not only for allowing disinformation to thrive in digital public spaces, but also for prioritizing profit for engagement even if that meant amplifying hate and violence online.

PH intel chief shares fake information on Facebook
Sep 30, 2020 Rambo Talabong

National Intelligence Coordinating Agency chief Alex Monteagudo regularly shares photos and memes with fake information on his Facebook page
During the budget hearing of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) at the House of Representatives, Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago grilled the agency over posts made by its chief, Director General (DG) Alex Monteagudo

How disinformation has changed our world
Oct 19, 2020
Disinformation has evolved from psychological operations of the military to influence operations in social media. In the Philippines and around the world, the spread of false information has been threatening not only elections, but democracies as a whole.

Facebook removes Philippine, Chinese networks for violating policy on 'foreign or government interference'
September 23, 2020 Victor Barreiro Jr.

The Philippine network, which Facebook says has links to the Philippine military or police, is made up of 57 Facebook accounts, 31 Pages, and 20 Instagram accounts
Facebook removed two networks, one from the Philippines and another from China, for violating its policies on coordinated inauthentic behavior.

Which countries have tried to ban Facebook?
Sep 29, 2020 Michelle Abad
As some countries have tried to block Facebook to control information and crack down on activism, their citizens have found ways to access the social networking platform

In defense of Facebook
Sep 30, 2020 Dean Tony La Viña
'The shutdown of these inauthentic advocacy pages is one of Facebook’s most prudent decisions thus far. I give it my full support.'
In a move that was perhaps surprising to many, Facebook, in the last week, took down hundreds of coordinated fake accounts that were interfering in the politics of the Philippines and the US.


Surveillance company's leaked manual teaches how to hide fake Facebook accounts
September 23, 2020 Victor Barreiro Jr.

The leaked manual teaches users how to make fake Facebook and LinkedIn accounts for the purpose of gathering information on others, as well as how to hide those accounts from detection

Surveillance Company Explains How to Keep Facebook From Detecting Fake Accounts in Leaked Manual
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai September 22, 2020
A leaked manual from Blackdot Solutions, a British company that offers social media monitoring services, included a step-by-step guide on how to create fake profiles on Facebook and LinkedIn.

On Martial Law anniv, 'masked media' show public why press freedom is personal
September 22, 2020

Proceeds from face mask sales will help fund the legal defense for Filipino journalists facing cyber libel complaints and other cases
On the 48th anniversary of Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law, journalists, artists, and activists reminded the public why press freedom affects all people on a personal level.

FAST FACTS: How Marcos silenced, controlled the media during Martial Law
September 19, 2020 Camille Elemia

Marcos controlled people’s access and the kind of information they got and made sure he has the final say on his so-called truth
When the late ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos imposed Martial Law on September 21, 1972 via Proclamation 1081, the first casualty was the country’s free press and mass media.

'Not on our watch': Journalists who survived Martial Law vow to continue fight for democracy
September 19, 2020
We will not have de facto martial law,' say the veteran journalists
The fight is not yet over.
Ahead of the 48th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, journalists renewed calls to safeguard democracy – this time, under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Amal Clooney to PH tycoons: Protect press freedom, democracy
September 15, 2020 Camille Elemia

'Those of you gathered here today are leaders in your society. The future of your great country is in your hands. I hope it can be one in which your children will stay safe from harm, and be free to speak their mind'
International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney urged Filipino tycoons and business leaders to protect the press in the country to ensure a functioning democracy.

The Video: Amal Clooney's speech at the 18th MAP International CEO Web Conference
September 15, 2020

FULL TEXT: Amal Clooney's speech at the 18th MAP International CEO Web Conference
September 15, 2020

ABS-CBN news chief: ‘The war vs truth is at its fiercest’
Camille Elemia August 03 2020
‘When politicians try to tell you how to do your job, you do not back down,’ ABS-CBN’s Ging Reyes tells University of the Philippines graduates
“The war against truth is at its fiercest.”
ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs chief Ging Reyes said this on Sunday, August 2, as she spoke to graduates of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Mass Communication in a virtual ceremony.
Herself a UP graduate, Reyes said journalists have “the constitutional right to seek truth and report any matter of public interest without censorship or punishment.”

National Union of Journalists of the Philippines: Free expression under the Anti-Terror Law
Rappler Aug 07 2020

#ICYMI: The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) holds a Black Friday webinar on free expression under the Anti-Terror Law with Rappler Managing Editor Glenda Gloria and Concerned Artists of the Philippines Secretary General Lisa Ito


2019 Amendments to the 1997 Rules of Civil Procedure

The 2019 Amendments to the 1997 Rules of Civil Procedure and to the Revised Rules on Evidence
August 20, 2020
Supreme Court En Banc Session Hall

Painting a thousand words: Visual artists illustrate why now is not the time to be silent
Venice Nieva Aug 08 2020

Visual artists take to social media to highlight the importance of freedom of expression especially at this time
With the passing of the anti-terror law, netizens fear that protests and dissent could easily be tagged as "terrorist" acts. Under this law, suspected terrorists may be arrested without warrants and detained for as long as 24 days.

WATCH: Rallies for democracy, press freedom on Duterte's 5th SONA
July 27 2020 - with many Videos

Here is a compilation of Rappler videos from protests held in time for President Rodrigo Duterte's 2020 State of the Nation Address
Rallies for democracy and press freedom hounded President Rodrigo Duterte's 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 27, as protesters slammed the Anti-Terror Law and the shutdown of broadcast giant ABS-CBN.

Police confiscate protesters’ placards during mass in Quiapo Church
July 27, 2020 Minka Klaudia Tiangco
Police officers from the Manila Police District (MPD) confiscated placards and other protest materials from activists who were hearing mass at Quiapo Church on Monday afternoon (July 27).

A message to Filipinos: Keep journalism alive
Zeus Legaspi July 22 2020
At a press conference on June 2, 2016, then-newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte said that he would "personally attack” journalists who are critical of him. Now, he lives up to his word. July 18, 2020 is perhaps the culmination of that promise, as the dreaded Anti-Terrorism Bill pushes through the wall of mounting concerns and oppositions into effectivity.

Passage of New Public Assembly Act endorsed
August 20, 2020 Ben Rosario
The House Committee on People’s Participation endorsed the passage of the New Public Assembly Act that seeks to further guarantee and protect the constitutional rights of citizens to peaceably assemble and exercise their freedom of expression.
Rep. Rida Robes said the House panel approved the bill after taking into consideration the concerns of various stakeholders that included the Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippine National Police, Commission on Human Rights, and the various local government organizations in the country.

House reporters air concern on media coverage ban
September 3, 2020 Ben Rosario
A ban on media coverage in two House of Representatives committee hearings stirred controversy on Thursday as beat reporters noted possible violations of the constitutional guarantee of freedom of the press and rules of the chamber.

Law of Duterte Land: Why press freedom is legally protected
July 16, 2020
We talk to UP Constitutional and Political Law Professor John Molo on why press freedom is legally protected from government interference

#CourageON: Defending our rights
Maria A. Ressa, July 16, 2020
The walls are closing in
The Philippines is at the precipice. There’s no need to declare martial law because the very processes of democracy have been turned against it. We now live in a time that is “worse than martial law.”

Are we being trolled?
Ronald Del Castillo July 15, 2020

'We are first baited. Our attention is diverted, promising us something salacious and demanding our affection.'

FAST FACTS: TV networks’ franchise expiry dates
July 26 2020

Other networks were allowed to operate beyond their franchise's expiry.

The Philippines’ largest broadcaster ABS-CBN failed to secure a fresh franchise from Congress, an apparent culmination of President Rodrigo Duterte's years-long tirades against the network.

'Big blow against press freedom': ABS-CBN franchise bill authors slam panel verdict
Mara Cepeda July 10, 2020

But these lawmakers can't file an appeal on behalf of ABS-CBN, as only those who voted with the majority – the legislators who rejected the franchise – can make a motion for reconsideration as per House rules

Big majority of Filipinos think Congress should grant ABS-CBN a franchise
Aika Rey July 11, 2020
The Social Weather Stations survey also says that majority of Filipinos also agree that denying ABS-CBN a franchise is a 'major blow to press freedom'

9 in 10 Filipinos value independent journalism – Reuters Institute survey
Loreben Tuquero July 12, 2020

The latest Digital News Report revealed that 9 in 10 Filipinos, 63% believe - value independent journalism and a majority want journalists to call out lying and misleading politicians.

The Video: Journalist: ABS-CBN franchise denial 'eminently' a matter of press freedom
Jul 13, 2020 ANC 24/7
The denial of ABS-CBN's franchise is eminently a matter of press freedom. That's according to John Nery, the convenor of the Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation. Nery also believes the technical working group’s report recommending the denial of ABS-CBN’s franchise application is written as a rationalization of something that had already been decided.

PH journalists slam rejection of ABS-CBN franchise: 'History is never kind to tyrants'
Jene-Anne Pangue July 11, 2020
'A thousand little cuts do not make us weak, these make us stronger,' says the Malacañang Press Corps, as Philippine journalists call out the 'house of minions'

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Veteran journalist: No gov't institution should regulate press
Jul 7, 2020 ANC 24/7

Veteran journalist Vergel Santos asserts no government institution should have the power to regulate the press. Santos says some lawmakers do not understand what press freedom means.

Press freedom takes a hit in PH during coronavirus pandemic
Victor Barreiro Jr. May 04, 2020

The report outlines how the bureaucracy and laws are used to restrict freedom of the press

Law of Duterte Land: Pandemic and the great wall of free speech
April 16, 2020

The National Bureau of Investigation has summoned more than a dozen people over their coronavirus posts on social media. Justice reporter Lian Buan discusses freedom of speech during the pandemic with esteemed law experts in this latest episode.

Judges should not take offense
Mel Sta Maria July 03, 2020

'[Judges] cannot just blame people for making negative outbursts regarding their decisions'

Reporters Without Borders tracking coronavirus effects on press freedom
April 01, 2020

Tracker-19 'aims to evaluate the pandemic’s impacts on journalism' and 'document state censorship and deliberate disinformation, and their impact on the right to reliable news and information'

Bakuna ang press freedom sa panahon ng pandemic
April 13, 2020
Maaari tayong magkaroon ng 'parallel epidemic' ng mapanupil na mga polisiya

Supreme Court affirms dismissal of Enrile libel suit vs columnist
Pia Ranada July 07, 2020

Former senator Juan Ponce Enrile filed a libel suit against newspaper columnist Yoly Villanueva Ong in 2012 for an opinion article about his Martial Law days and his son's senatorial bid.
Ong's lawyer, Jose Manuel "Chel" Diokno, said he is "very happy" about the High Court's resolution.
"It upholds the right of journalists to write on matters of public concern, particularly for columnists to express their opinion on matters that affect the people"

Police intimidate GMA reporter doing traffic report
Rambo Talabong June 25, 2020

Cops ask for dzBB reporter Mark Makalalad's ID and demand that he ask for their permission when he does live reports. Their demands have no basis.

Vatican advocates for responsible freedom of expression
Vatican News 23 June 2020

The Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) advocates for freedom of expression for the media, especially in regards to religion

'Frontline' acquires Ramona Diaz's 'A Thousand Cuts'
June 12, 2020
PBS' investigative documentary series 'Frontline' is planning an August 2020 theatrical release for Ramona Diaz's film on Philippine press freedom under President Duterte

‘A painful but necessary watch’: Filipinos laud ‘A Thousand Cuts’
Gaby Baizas June 16, 2020 - with Video
The online screening of ‘A Thousand Cuts,’ a documentary on the struggles of the free press under the Duterte administration, was met with praise all over social media

'A Thousand Cuts' wins best international feature at New Zealand film festival
June 20, 2020
The film by Ramona Diaz follows Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, as it covers democracy and press freedom in the Philippines

FRONTLINE, ICFJ to present conversation with Rappler's Maria Ressa on press freedom
June 13, 2020 - with Video
Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, 'A Thousand Cuts' director Ramona Diaz, and FRONTLINE Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath engage in a conversation on 'Truth, Power and the Importance of Press Freedom'

Rappler receives One World Media Special Award 2020
June 16, 2020

The Special Award seeks to recognize reporting that informs the public, provides an outlet for people's voices, creates space for critical information, and holds power to account

Maria Ressa to receive international 2020 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award
June 27, 2020
The Washington-based National Press Club has chosen Rappler CEO Maria Ressa for its international Press Freedom Award, which is given to an individual 'who bravely pushes to disclose the truth in trying circumstances'


'Rob fear of its power'
Jun 23, 2020

Hannah Neumann, member of the European Parliament and vice-chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, talks to Rappler's Maria Ressa about the Philippine drug war, the Duterte administration's attacks on the news organization, and what her recent verdict means for democracy and press freedom in the country.
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Beyond legalities and technicalities: How the court decision challenges us to keep press freedom alive
Leila de Lima June 30, 2020

'Fear is not what we need at this time, of all times. Especially if fear tricks us into seeing enemies where there are only fellow Filipinos and fellow human beings...'
The verdict passed down last Monday, finding Ms Maria Ressa and Mr Reynaldo Santos, Jr of Rappler guilty of cyber libel has been very worrying, to say the least.

What Rappler conviction means for reporting confidential sources
Lian Buan June 15, 2020

Judge Montesa's 37-page ruling does not discuss how to treat confidential sources. Instead it faults Rappler for 'not verifying' and stresses that the free press must be responsible.

Judge Montesa 'failed to understand how journalism works'
June 17, 2020 - with Video
The Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation blasts the verdict against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr, saying it puts everyone online in peril

Twitter expresses support for Maria Ressa, press freedom
Gelo Gonzales June 16, 2020
'Governments should not impinge on the fundamental values of a free press,' says Twitter

Media watchdog: Freedom of expression a ‘personal challenge’ to all Filipinos
June 16, 2020
The cyber libel verdict on Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher Rey Santos Jr affects all citizens, says the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

Progressive orgs slam Duterte for taking advantage of pandemic to attack media
Ryan Macasero June 16, 2020
The Save Our Schools Network says it believes the conviction is part of the Duterte administration's aim to silence critical media

Robredo: Be wary of Ressa verdict's ‘chilling’ effect on citizens’ freedoms
Mara Cepeda June 15, 2020
'Silencing, harassing, and weaponizing law against the media sends a clear message to every dissenting voice: Keep quiet or you are next,' warns Vice President Leni Robredo

Malacañang claims Duterte supports free press BUT leaves out threats vs media
Sofia Tomacruz June 15, 2020 - with Video
After the conviction of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque uses President Rodrigo Duterte’s backing of a Davao-based journalist in an old libel case as proof he supports press freedom

'Another blow to press freedom’: Student groups condemn cyber libel conviction
June 15, 2020
Various groups say the guilty verdict depicts a clear message to silence institutions that report on the truth about the government

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Dissent through art in the time of media clampdown
Iya Gozum June 15, 2020

Filipinos use art to express dissent following the cyber libel conviction of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr

From here to cyber’nity
Vergel O. Santos June 16, 2020

The cybercrime law goes against the universal trend toward making libel no longer punishable by imprisonment, a long-overdue reinforcement of press freedom in its lopsided relationship to power.
The court verdict pronouncing Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa and former Rappler researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr guilty of libel and sentencing them to jail puts the press in the gravest danger since the martial-law presidency of Ferdinand Marcos, 1972-1986.

Never again, vow Filipino journalists on Independence Day
June 12, 2020

At least 30 groups and close to a 100 journalists sign a joint statement to 'renew our pledge to serve the people, to continue speaking truth to power, and to guard and defend freedom of the press and of expression from all threats'

Fact checking, free press critical amid pandemic – U.N. communications chief
Vernise L Tantuco June 23, 2020 - with Video

The deliberate spread of misinformation is putting lives at risk, says United Nations Undersecretary General for Global Communications Melissa Fleming at the opening of the Global Fact 7 conference



Joseph Stiglitz on press freedom in a 'mafia market'
May 17, 2020

Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz talks about how journalism and democracy can survive the information ecosystem created by the tech platforms.
In an interview with Maria Ressa, Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz ted about the press freedom issues that are expected to define journalism’s next ten years. Look also this article


Journalism’s role when global systems fail
May 18, 2020

Whistleblower and President of the Freedom of the Press Foundation Edward Snowden talks about the rolling back of freedoms under pandemic emergency powers. Look also this article

Gov’t platforms being used to attack, red-tag media
Pauline Macaraeg May 12, 2020

Supposedly at the helm of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security, the PCOO reposts misleading content against media from an anti-communist government page

Media, academics condemn NTF-ELCAC's attacks vs ABS-CBN and Maria Ressa
May 11, 2020

'The only reason we can think of why a government entity tasked to combat the communist insurgency would wage a propaganda offensive against media persons and outfits is if government now considers us the enemy'

NTF-ELCAC 'black propaganda' vs Maria Ressa, ABS-CBN sparks outrage
May 11, 2020
The posts have since been taken down but no government entity is taking responsibility over the incident




'We are at a crossroads'
May 06, 2020

In this interview, Korina Sanchez tells Rappler's Maria Ressa what it felt like to watch as ABS-CBN went off-air two days after World Press Freedom Day
Veteran broadcast journalist and Rated K Anchor Korina Sanchez talks about her thoughts on the ABS-CBN shutdown and its repercussions for the Philippine media industry.


Covering the unthinkable shutdown with ABS-CBN's Mike Navallo
May 08, 2020
How is it like to cover the justice beat at a time when journalists themselves figure into the Duterte administration's novel legal actions against dissenters?


Ricky Carandang on politics and press freedom
May 08, 2020

'As a democracy with not very strong institutions, you need people in the media to provide that check and balance,' says former Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang following the ABS-CBN shutdown

NCRPO restricts Rappler coverage after story on Sinas birthday party
May 13, 2020

Rappler condemns the move as an attack on press freedom, the right to free speech, and the public's right to know


What do we risk when free speech is suppressed?
Clara Rita Padilla May 14, 2020

'The Philippines and the rest of the world would not be in this mess if we had immediate access to Dr Li's crucial information'

Thoughts on press freedom, from an ABS-CBN employee
Nicole Villavecer May 04, 2020

'It saddens me that some media institutions treat media workers less than what they deserve.'

Protections for free press 'continually threatened' by existing laws – FLAG
May 03, 2020

The Free Legal Assistance Group says a free, responsible press is 'absolutely essential for a truly transparent, accountable, and democratic government'

The Video: Resisting the lockdown on truth
May 3, 2020 Bulatlat
An all-women panel discusses the attacks on press freedom amid the COVID-19 pandemic

'Lies kill': Journalists tackle challenges in reporting on the pandemic
Sofia Virtudes May 05, 2020 - with Video

Maria Ressa, Ging Reyes, and Sheila Coronel talk about journalism in the age of pandemic – and the opportunities a crisis brings

Philippines slips 2 places in World Press Freedom Index
April 21, 2020

The Philippines, now ranked 136th: cited as having state troll armies which weaponize disinformation on social media, as well as having some intolerance towards critical journalism

Teachers should not be bullies, enemies of free speech
Roma Estrada April 15, 2020

'The past days have revealed many instances of teachers sharing fake news, curtailing free speech, and expressing anti-poor sentiments'

Carpio: Facebook post on P2B private jet is protected speech
Lian Buan April 14, 2020

When is something protected speech, and when is it not?
The post, paraphrased here to protect the anonymity of the person, said:

"We should speak out when our money is misused or stolen. The government has money to buy a P2 billion business jet, but none for healthcare?"


Provisional franchise and press freedom
Mar 7, 2020 Bulatlat

Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate explains the provisional franchise and its implications on press freedom.


Will media freedom in the Philippines survive? - Inside Story
Feb 15, 2020 Al Jazeera English

President takes legal action to shut down country's biggest broadcaster
It's being described as the most severe attack on media freedom in the Philippines.

President Rodrigo Duterte has filed a supreme court petition to shut down the largest television network, accusing ABS-CBN of committing 'highly abusive practices'.


Poe: Dapat linawin kung tuloy ang operasyon ng ABS-CBN kahit mapaso ang prangkisa
Feb 16, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Dapat linawin ng Kongreso sa isang pahayag kung puwede ngang magpatuloy ng operasyon ang ABS-CBN hanggang 2022 kahit pa mapaso ang prangkisa ng network, ayon kay Sen. Grace Poe.


Duterte: I'm the only president who can attack both Inquirer and ABS-CBN
Feb 16, 2020 Rappler
At a gathering with military officials and personnel in Marawi City on August 24, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte brags about being the only head of state who has attack the media.
“Kaya ako lang ang Presidente na bumibira ng Inquirer pati ABS-CBN. Binababoy ko talaga. Kasi alam nila basura eh." (That’s why I’m the only president who attacks the Inquirer and ABS-CBN. I really savage them, because they’re trash)

The media is important for a vibrant democracy
Rob Julian M. Maghinang February 20, 2020

'By threatening to shut down the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rappler, and ABS-CBN, Duterte is trying to discourage any discussions that do not fall in line with his views'

HIGHLIGHTS: Forum on weaponizing the law vs democratic dissent
February 23, 2020 - with Videos
Legal experts, civil society organizations, and sectoral groups gather in an international forum to talk about how 'lawfare'

Media and lawfare: Journalists 'woke up to a storm' under Duterte administration
Jene-Anne Pangue February 22, 2020
'2020 should be the time for action, and should be a time for reflection that leads to very concrete steps,' says Rappler managing editor Glenda Gloria

Sereno slams silent Duterte critics as enablers
Lian Buan February 22, 2020 - with Video
'By refusing to tax him on his sworn duty to promote justice, these sectors abet the continued desecration and demolition of institutions of justice and accountability,' says former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
In a bold speech that accused President Rodrigo Duterte of killing the Philippine Constitution, former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno slammed the silent critics as enablers of what she called an anti-reason and anti-science government.


What problems do student journalists face when press freedom is under attack?
February 29, 2020
Around 30 campus publications from Metro Manila and surrounding provinces unpack these challenges and think of solutions to help empower young journalists in a huddle led by MovePH

Campus publications call for autonomy, protection of press freedom
Gaby Baizas February 29, 2020
Students point out how hurdles faced by campus journalists threaten the quest for truth

After media giants, campus publications also 'unsafe'
February 27, 2020
‘If media giants are threatened, what is stopping the government from doing the same to campus publications?’ Philippine Collegian editor-in-chief Beatrice Puente points out

Asked by Russian TV if he's fit to govern, Duterte rails vs Rappler instead
Sofia Tomacruz January 25, 2020

Rappler fact-checks President Rodrigo Duterte's claims and debunks his assertions against us.
Lashing out against media once more, President Rodrigo Duterte falsely claimed Rappler reported on his "absence" in areas affected by the ongoing eruption of the Taal Volcano.

Altermidya correspondent, 4 human rights leaders arrested in Tacloban
February 08, 2020 - with Video

Various media and school organizations call for their immediate release, saying the arrests are meant to silence media and human rights defenders

Ibon Foundation: Duterte gov't 'red-tagging' meant to silence dissent
Jodesz Gavilan January 31, 2020

Ibon Foundation, a policy research group formed in 1978, says 'the public deserves the truth and to be informed about the issues that matter to them the most'
"Instead, the government is red-baiting critical voices to silence opposition and to hide the real situation of the country."

Davao-based journalist arrested for interviewing protesters
January 23, 2020

Glenn Jester Hitgano, a Davao-based radio reporter for Radyo ni Juan, was arrested on Tuesday, January 21, for interviewing protesters after receiving a tip that they were harassed by uniformed men the night before.

Rappler urges Supreme Court: Rule that Duterte does not have power over media
Lian Buan January 21, 2020

As it argues that self-regulation is one of the fundamentals of a free press, Rappler asks: Can the President pick who's legitimate media and who is not? Can the President restrict access to public events?

Southern Metro police chief snatches GMA reporter's phone, deletes video of Traslacion commotion
Rambo Talabong January 10, 2020 - with Videos of the incident
Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan, the chief of the Southern Police District, didn't like it that broadcast journalist Jun Veneracion captured on video how cops dragged a devotee to the ground

PNP general who snatched reporter's phone promoted again
Rambo Talabong February 13, 2020
Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan now holds the second highest position in the National Capital Region Police Office

Nolasco Bathan: The general who snatched a journalist’s phone
Rambo Talabong January 12, 2020
Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan has a history of getting entangled with controversy. Will he survive this latest one?

PNP Press Corps: General Bathan violated police code
Rambo Talabong January 10, 2020
Under Philippine National Police rules, 'conduct unbecoming of a police officer' can merit dismissal, suspension from the service, or demotion

Año: Generals should never snatch cell phones. Period.
Rambo Talabong January 10, 2020
The PNP launches an investigation, but stops short of relieving Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan to ensure an impartial probe

Militant lawmakers slam 'police brutality' at Nazareno 2020
January 10, 2020
House Deputy Minority Leader Carlos Zarate says the PNP's 'use of excessive force' against the devotees turned the Traslacion into 'a police march rather than a show of faith and devotion to the Black Nazarene'

Southern Metro chief sorry: I mistook GMA reporter as a threat
Rambo Talabong January 10, 2020 - with Video
Asked repeatedly about the recording of him instructing another cop to delete Jun Veneracion's video, Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan only says, 'I don't know'

NUJP urges Filipinos to uphold press freedom amid attacks vs ABS-CBN
December 31, 2019

The group also decries President Rodrigo Duterte’s fresh tirade hurled against broadcast giant ABS-CBN

FALSE: 'Zero' journalists harassed, 'sued by govt' under Duterte admin
December 22, 2019

Records from media monitor show 154 counts of threats and attacks against journalists from June 30, 2016 to December 5, 2019

Even after the Ampatuan verdict, Filipino journalists are still in peril
Billy Jason Vuelta December 22, 2019

As long as there are still Filipinos who choose to be misinformed and disinformed, the Philippines will still be a dangerous place for journalists

Newsmakers who died in 2019
Michael Bueza December 18, 2019

We remember the Filipino icons and newsmakers who have left their mark in their respective fields

Did Malacañang say the press is free?
Miriam Grace A. Go December 05, 2019

He has made the threat at least twice before, in 2017 and 2018. But the 3rd time, he was more emphatic: “Ang iyong franchise mag-end next year. If you expect ma-renew ’yan, I’m sorry. I will see to it that you’re out.” (Your franchise will end next year. If you expect it to be renewed, I'm sorry. I will see to it that you're out.)
Rodrigo Duterte has made that threat against ABS-CBN practically every year since he became president. There are no efforts on his part to hide or disguise the reason he’s doing this: it’s because of a grudge he has held against the network since the 2016 presidential campaign.

Amal Clooney: Let autocratic leaders know we support journalists
Lian Buan November 17, 2019 - with Videos

When autocrats 'try to silence journalists, they will hear from all of us,' Amal Clooney says as she presents the Sergei Magnitsky Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalist to Maria Ressa.
Renowned international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney urged people around the world to support journalists amid an intensifying global trend of crackdown on free press.

Amal Clooney picks Maria Ressa as 'Changemaker of the Decade’
Rambo Talabong November 24, 2019
'Maria is speaking truth to power. She is holding up the ceiling for others. If it comes crashing down, I will do all I can to get her out,' writes international law and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney

Multi-stakeholder group launches national plan for safety of journalists
November 22, 2019 - with Video

The Philippine Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists is launched on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre.
A group composed of members of media, the government, the academe, and civil society launched the Philippine Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists (PPASJ) on Friday, November 22.

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CMFR calls out Duterte gov't on attacks vs press
Vernise L Tantuco November 23, 2019
CMFR Executive Director Melinda Quintos de Jesus says it is necessary to 'clear the air' in order for plans on the safety of journalists to be properly implemented

Malacañang: We will put an end to attacks on journalists
Lian Buan November 23, 2019 - with Video
In the first 3 years of the Duterte administration, at least 128 threats and attacks against members of the press are recorded

154 attacks, threats vs journalists since Duterte took office – media groups
December 11, 2019

The Freedom for Media, Freedom for All Network says at least 15 journalists have been killed under the Duterte administration

'Press freedom is dead' if Ampatuans not convicted for massacre – lawyer
Lian Buan November 05, 2019

After a decade, a court is scheduled to render a judgment on the Ampatuan massacre. Lawyer Nena Santos expects a guilty verdict for the principal accused.

New law lets online, broadcast journalists protect their sources
Pia Ranada September 25, 2019

With the expansion of the 73-year-old Sotto law, online and broadcast journalists can't be compelled to reveal their sources, unless necessary for national security

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Amal Clooney on how media freedom is a global responsibility
September 25, 2019

UK Special Envoy Amal Clooney chairs a panel on media freedom during the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Week on Wednesday, September 25. Clooney cites the case of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa to illustrate the vulnerability of journalists these days.

Amal Clooney raises attacks vs Maria Ressa at U.N.
Camille Elemia September 26, 2019

How U.N., international groups help defend press freedom
Camille Elemia September 28, 2019 - with Video
International lawyers seek targeted sanctions 'to impose serious financial consequences on state officials' who abuse journalists.
The United Nations and other international institutions have crucial roles in holding states to account when they do not comply with international laws.

Maria Ressa reminds journalists: An attack on one is an attack on all
Jodesz Gavilan September 29, 2019 - with Video

Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa on Saturday, September 28, urged the public to do the right thing amid blatant undermining of press freedom and democracy around the world.
Speaking before 1,500 journalists during the 2019 Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Hamburg, Germany, Ressa warned that not addressing issues now would lead to further deterioration of democratic institutions.
"An attack on one is an attack on all," she said. "If we don't take the right steps forward, democracy as we know it is dead."

The role of America's social media platforms in the battle for truth - with Video
‘This is an existential moment in time, where, if we don’t take the right steps forward, democracy as we know it.
This is Maria Ressa's keynote speech delivered at the 11th Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Hamburg, Germany, on September 28, 2019.
An attack on one is an attack on all.

Abante Tonite printing house stormed, burned by 4 armed men
Rambo Talabong September 09, 2019

Abante Tonite editor Fernando Jadulco says that his staff 'will not be cowed' by the first violent attack against their publication in 3 decades

Robredo camp on attack vs Abante: 'Brazen assault on our free press'
Mara Cepeda September 10, 2019
'This attempt to intimidate and silence Abante... must be resisted by all freedom-loving Filipinos,' says the spokesperson of Vice President Leni Robredo

NUJP calls on officials to protect red-tagged journalists, personalities in CDO
August 28, 2019

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines laments 'the apparent lack of interest of local government and security units to protect those so threatened'

Media groups in Mindanao slam red-tagging of CDO journalists
Bobby Lagsa August 31, 2019
The Mindanao Independent Press Council calls for a dialogue between journalists and security forces 'to tackle the problem of red-tagging... as a matter that hinges on human rights'

Police take down post red-tagging youth journalist
June 06, 2020

But Youth Act Now Against Tyranny Baguio says the takedown is 'too late'
The cops originally posted on their official Facebook page a screenshot of a video clip from Youtube warning the public of the recruitment practices of the communist armed rebel group New People's Army. This post included the name of Khim Abalos as a recruiter of leftist groups.

College editors’ alliance slams red-tagging of campus pub in Eastern Visayas
August 21, 2019

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines calls on all publications to remain vigilant and continue to 'persistently uncover the true state of our society'


Anti-False Content Act, labag ba sa freedom of speech and expression? | Fact or Fake
GMA Public Affairs Aug 15, 2019

Isa sa mga panukalang batas ni Senate President Tito Sotto ang Anti-False Content Act . Sa ilalim nito, makukulong at pagmumultahin ang sinumang mapapatunayang nasa likod ng sadyang pagpapakalat ng maling impormasyon online. Pero puna ng ilan, malalabag ng batas na ito ang kalayaan sa pamamahayag. Alamin ang buong isyu sa video na ito!

The Lowdown: the ‘Anti-False Content Act’ to address fake news that was introduced in the Philippines
Aryan Babele August 14, 2019 - Look this article as pdf


Journalists warned vs self-censorship
ABS-CBN News Aug 4, 2019

A journalist on Monday cautioned media workers against self-censorship and the effects of climate of fear in press under the Duterte administration.

What press freedom?
Vergel O. Santos August 17, 2019

Indeed, the press was invented for democracy’s own health. That’s why a narcissistic, authoritarian character like Rodrigo Duterte simply cannot abide it.

The global fight for media freedom: Why it matters
Julie Posetti July 19, 2019

It's not enough to just defend media freedom, we must proactively support it. And that requires serious investment – in will, advocacy, and real money. says: IMPORTANT to read incl. ALL links in the article

A dangerous place
Vergel O. Santos December 23, 2017

The Philippines is actually one of the world's most dangerous places not just for journalists but for its very own people.
The international organization Reporters Without Borders has rated the Philippines as the most dangerous place for journalists in Asia and among:

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Over 100 attacks vs journalists since Duterte assumed office – monitor
Rambo Talabong May 03, 2019 - with Video
The Freedom for Media, Freedom for All Network says it has monitored at least 128 attacks and threats against members of the press since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office.

U.S. lawmakers 'deeply troubled' by human rights abuses in PH
Sofia Tomacruz July 31, 2019

Several members of the US House of Representatives call out the Duterte administration's drug war, crackdown on press freedom, and attacks on rights group

Davao journalist arrested for owning unlicensed gun
July 25, 2019

Journalists in Mindanao say they want to defend themselves but legally owning a gun is difficult because of the island-wide martial law. They say: 'If we try to defend ourselves, we go to jail. If we do not, we die.'
Major Bembo Lopez Aying, the Mati City police chief, identified the arrested broadcaster as Ezperanzo Nishiguchi.

LOOK: the 5 most dangerous in the world


Duterte: In the eyes of international media Jul 20, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte had always been under media scrutiny - not only here in the Philippines but also abroad - even before he rose to power as the country’s chief executive in the 2016 national elections.

Worst times for journos under Duterte gov't, says former U.P. dean
Amelie de Leon July 20, 2019

Former University of the Philippines' College of Mass Communication dean Luis Teodoro says the state of the press in the Philippines 'has never been ideal.
A former dean of the University of the Philippines’ College of Mass Communication said it is so far the worst time to be a journalist, referencing the various actions of the Duterte administration against the media.

Filipinos block people online over political views
Mara Cepeda May 19, 2019

But Filipinos are also the most 'comfortable' with discussing politics both offline and online among 11 emerging economies surveyed says: We fell it too for all kind of critics! They not only block people, but also web-sites and domains and recommend blocking via the social medias.

Also the government bans - blocks in all ways for all critics!

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WATCH: Global Conference for Media Freedom 2019
July 10, 2019

This conference brings together countries and organizations taking action to defend media freedom

#DefendMediaFreedom: Time to act at an existential moment
Maria A. Ressa July 24, 2019
Four reasons why the Global Media Freedom Conference may mark 'the beginning of an era of change' to protect journalists and democracy

Jeremy Hunt: 'No place for neutrality' in fight for media freedom
July 13, 2019
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt explains why everyone must stand with those who seek to report the truth and bring the facts to light. Here is his full speech at the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London.

Iceland's foreign secretary: Govt's, civil society must unite to protect journalists
July 13, 2019
At the Global Media Freedom Conference in London, Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson says Iceland 'will increasingly prioritize media freedom' in its work at the UNHRC, which has just adopted its proposed resolution urging action on the rising number of killings in the Philippines. Here is his full speech.

Immediate, decisive action required to protect journalists
Nishant Lalwani July 05, 2019

Without a free and vibrant press, abuses of power go unchecked, corruption increases, and overreaching leaders can distort our democracies

WATCH: In Madonna's music video, Maria Ressa and PH fight for press freedom get spotlight
June 21, 2019 - with Video

'I Rise' highlights the universal spirit of protests and the humanity behind social justice movements around the world, including the Philippines' defense of press freedom and the cases against Maria Ressa

PH Navy bars Rappler from anniversary celebration
June 17, 2019

Rappler is told only at the venue in the Navy's base in Sangley Point, Cavite City that it could not cover the event graced by President Rodrigo Duterte
The Philippine Navy refused to allow Rappler to cover its 121st anniversary celebration which President Rodrigo Duterte attended on Monday, June 17.

Ressa on Canadian Journalism Tribute: ‘Our only weapon is to shine the light’
Marites Sison June 14, 2019 - with Video

Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron, also an awardee at the Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards Gala in Toronto, asks journalists to stand beside Ressa ‘every step of the way'

DOH official berates Rappler journalist for covering hospital inspection
June 08, 2019

A Department of Health (DOH) official berated Basilan-based Rappler journalist Richard Falcatan for covering a hospital inspection he was invited to cover on Saturday, June 8.
Leonita Gorgolon, a DOH officer, demands that Rappler journalist Richard Falcatan submit a formal letter and get her permission before covering and taking photos of a government hospital inspection

Free media not an optional extra
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt June 02, 2019

Democracy and freedom of expression mean nothing,
unless independent journalists are able to scrutinize the powerful – and discover the stubborn facts

Covering the PDP-Laban, Duterte campaign despite the Rappler ban
Camille Elemia May 18, 2019

'I had to be invisible to be present'
Both the Presidential Security Group and the Media Accreditation and Relations Office (MARO) were under strict instructions to make sure that no Rappler reporter would be allowed into any of the President’s events, including campaign sorties where the President was a guest speaker.

Duterte blasts 'Western-funded' media, hits 'professional twisters'
Pia Ranada May 13, 2019

VERA Files president Ellen Tordesillas, whom the President calls a 'prostitute,' counters that he is 'not in his right mind' and is a 'danger to the Filipino people'
Though he had just cast his vote for the 2019 elections, President Rodrigo Duterte's mind was fixated on one thing: media outlets he blasted as "professional twisters."
"Professional twister, bayad 'yan sila, maniwala ka (they are paid, believe me.) They cannot organize without the money of the Western," he said.

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Philippine media 'under siege' as it commemorates World Press Freedom Day
May 03, 2019
The NUJP says 'more than any administration since the unlamented Marcos dictatorship, never have freedom of the press and of expression been under siege as during the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte'

The Videos in the album World Press Freedom Day 2019

Making press freedom an election issue
Pia Ranada May 03, 2019

Your vote can protect a free and independent Philippine media

Foreign-funded? Journalists hit back, say Duterte gov't gets funds from China
Rambo Talabong May 03, 2019 with Video

On World Press Freedom Day, leading Philippine veteran journalists called out the Duterte administration for applying double standard on the issue of foreign funding – hitting media organizations for receiving foreign funds without acknowledging that the government's own media apparatus gets huge funding from China.

WATCH: Pahayag, A Forum on Media Freedom and Responsibility
April 29, 2019 - with Video

The forum attended by students and campus journalists from a broad range of universities.
The forum, organized by the British and Canadian embassies in Manila – in partnership with the Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, Miriam College, St Paul University, and University of the Philippines' College of Mass Communication – will bring together Filipino and international journalists and media professionals to share their experiences and thoughts on media freedom and responsibility.

UK, Canada underscore role of free press in fostering democracies
Janella Paris April 30, 2019
'A free and responsible media is fundamental to an open and democratic society,' says British Ambassador Daniel Pruce at a forum on press freedom and responsibility at the Ateneo de Manila University


Ban violates press freedom - CMFR

Duterte's coverage ban violates press freedom
ABS-CBN News Apr 30, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte's ban on news website Rappler from covering his events violates press freedom, according to the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility.

TV, newspaper journalists join Rappler petition vs Duterte coverage ban
Rappler Apr 30, 2019
At least 41 journalists from different media organizations intervene in a Supreme Court petition to end President Rodrigo Duterte's coverage ban against Rappler. Human rights lawyer Ted Te prepared the petition

A ban on Duterte
Vergel O. Santos May 03, 2019

Given his type of narcissism, one that blooms lustier and lustier with each live performance, we'd never know how far he would go with his indecencies.
Rappler has asked the Supreme Court to have President Duterte lift his ban disallowing it from covering him.
In the beginning the ban physically barred only Rappler reporter Pia Ranada and only from the President's office; then it extended to all Rappler reporters covering all extension offices under the President. Now even public events in which the President happens to be present is closed to Rappler

Cebu City police prevent journalists from interviewing detained suspects
Ryan Macasero May 08, 2019

Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña asks his city's top cop: 'What are you trying to hide CCPO?

A memo issued by the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) prohibits journalists from interviewing detainees under their custody without prior permission.

Mayor Tommy Osmeña shared the memo on his Facebook page on Thursday, May 2.

U.N.'s Callamard: 'We must go on offensive' vs EJKs, attacks on free speech
Sofia Tomacruz April 26, 2019 - with Video

'All of us, we must all understand that we must go on the offensive and we must disrupt what’s happening,' says UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard
In an interview with Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa, Callamard said on Thursday night, April 25, that the fight to keep democracies intact around the world has revealed experts were “not very well prepared” to address the “weaponizaiton of law” against citizens.

Malacañang task force asks CMFR, NUJP, media groups about Maguindanao massacre aid
Pia Ranada April 26, 2019

A media watchdog decries this as a fishing expedition meant to 'demonize independent and non-profit media organizations'

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Malacañang bars Rappler reporter from tuberculosis event
April 23, 2019

A night before the event, the Department of Health informs Rappler that Malacañang did not approve its accreditation for the launch of the Philippines' initiative to end tuberculosis

 Malacañang again refused to accredit Rappler to cover an event which President Rodrigo Duterte is set to attend, this time the launch of the Philippine initiative to end tuberculosis

Philippines down 1 spot in 2019 World Press Freedom Index
Mara Cepeda April 18, 2019

Reporters Without Borders says harassment against Rappler and Maria Ressa is the 'most emblematic case' of the threats against Filipino journalists. Turkey is also listed as among the world's worst countries for press freedom.

From 133rd place last year, the Philippines is now ranked 134th out of 180 countries in 2019

Rule of law key to journalists' survival in global 'war for truth'
Jee Y. Geronimo April 13, 2019

The 'war for truth…is a war we cannot lose in democracies' like the Philippines, says Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa

Maria Ressa urges journalists: Join battle vs attempts to stifle press freedom
Sofia Tomacruz April 19, 2019 - with Video
'The way we fight back as journalists is we shine the light. We call attention, we demand our rights,' says Maria Ressa

Journalism is a crime in a fake world
Marthy John Lubiano May 03, 2019

The job of a journalist takes place in a world that is drugged with online disinformation and where journalism is treated like a crime


Rappler asks Supreme Court to end Duterte coverage ban

Duterte also violates public right to know

A significant press freedom test case under the Duterte administration, the Rappler petition argues that the coverage ban violates constitutional guarantees of a free press, free speech, equal protection and due process.

Ban violates press freedom - CMFR

TV, newspaper journalists join Rappler petition vs Duterte coverage ban
Lian Buan April 30, 2019
At least 41 journalists from different media organizations intervene in a Supreme Court petition to end Duterte’s coverage ban against Rappler. Look the above Videos

STATEMENT: With Rappler ban, Duterte also violates public right to know
April 11, 2019

This case is not just about Rappler. It is about every journalist’s mandate to cover the Office of the President and scrutinize the tremendous power it holds without prior restraint or threat of punishment.

Rappler asks Supreme Court to end Duterte coverage ban
Lian Buan April 11, 2019
A significant press freedom test case under the Duterte administration, the Rappler petition argues that the coverage ban violates constitutional guarantees of a free press, free speech, equal protection and due process

SC allows other journos to join Rappler petition vs Duterte coverage ban
Lian Buan August 14, 2019

The Duterte government is given 10 days to answer Rappler's petition, as well as the petitions of the intervening journalists who asked for oral arguments.
The Supreme Court (SC) has allowed dozens of other journalists to join Rappler's petition to end President Rodrigo Duterte's coverage ban against the news company.
The SC en banc issued a notice resolution on Tuesday, August 14, that granted the petition for intervention filed by 41 reporters, columnists, and anchors from different media organizations. It means the SC recognized their legal standing to join the petition even though the ban was imposed only on Rappler.

Panelo insists Rappler ban justified but doesn't know Rappler's violation
Pia Ranada August 15, 2019 - with Video
Malacañang says it has a right to exclude any journalist from President Rodrigo Duterte's events if they are 'rude' and 'disrespectful'

Journalism when caught between right-wing extremism and military authoritarianism
April 05, 2019 - with Videos e.g.:
Journalism when caught between right-wing extremism and military authoritarianism
This session explores the crises of journalism and freedom of expression globally in term of the quandary in which we find ourselves, faced by religious and ideological extremism (e.g. Islamist extremism, White supremacy, racism, etc.) on the one hand, and “national security” concerns and measures (e.g. immigration, Trumpism, counter-terrorism, growing constraints on freedom of expression) on the other.
In this context, the daily execution of journalism’s fundamental mandate, speaking truth to power, is increasingly under sustained pressure. Media experts from across the globe will discuss the crises – how it impacts the business, modern storytelling, the impact on our audiences and the very ethics of our work - and how we can navigate the future.
Con: Zaffar Abbas (editor Dawn), Yavuz Baydar (editor-in-chief Ahval), Fatemah Farag (founder Welad Elbalad Media ), Maria Ressa (CEO and executive editor Rappler)

The International Journalism Festival is a gathering of journalists around the world held annually in Perugia, Italy. The 2019 edition will be held from April 3-7.
Con: Zaffar Abbas (editor Dawn), Yavuz Baydar (editor-in-chief Ahval), Fatemah Farag (founder Welad Elbalad Media ), Maria Ressa (CEO and executive editor Rappler), Maria Ressa
Rappler will air select discussions from the festival.

Student representatives slam ‘weaponization of the law’ to silence critics
Isabel Lupac April 03, 2019

KAISA UP, along with other student representatives, condemn the aggressions done by the government to silence and harass journalists
Prompted by the recent arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa over an anti-dummy law charge, students slammed the Duterte administration’s acts to shut down critics in a torch rally at the Palma Hall, University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, on Tuesday, April 2.

Duterte slams women for 'depriving' him of freedom of expression
Pia Ranada March 11, 2019

In an event honoring women law enforcers, President Rodrigo Duterte says his crude remarks are meant to bring his female critics 'to the limits of despair'

In many recent speeches, Duterte has brought up sexual abuses by priests as a way to justify the threats and insults he has hurled against them.
Earlier on Monday, 3 priests held a press conference to inform the public of various death threats they have received under the Duterte administration.
In December 2018, Duterte openly called for the killing of "useless" priests. Even before then, his critics said his earlier tirades on the Catholic Church had emboldened killers, leading to the murders of 3 priests – Fathers Marcelito Paez, 72, and Richmond Nilo, 43, both from Nueva Ecija, and Father Mark Ventura, 37, from Cagayan.
Duterte's threats and rants against priests were prompted by the Catholic Church's fierce opposition to his anti-drug campaign.

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Duterte: I love and respect women, but they have to respect my right to free expression
Manila Bulletin Online Mar 11, 2019

Rappler, Maria Ressa listed among ‘most urgent’ press issues in the world
Lian Buan March 16, 2019

The top 10 list, which will be updated and published monthly, aims ‘to stand up for journalists under attack for pursuing the truth worldwide’
Rappler and its CEO Maria Ressa were among the "Top 10 Most Urgent" press issues in the world, according to the first list formulated by the One Free Press Coalition.

Maria Ressa wins Stanford's Shorenstein Journalism Award
June 01, 2019
The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Center at Stanford University honors veteran journalists who 'contributed greater understanding of Asia through outstanding reporting on critical issues affecting the region'

Maria Ressa receives Columbia Journalism Award
Sofia Tomacruz May 24, 2019
'Please don’t accept the world as you see it today... What you report and how you fight for truth matters.... Dream of a better future. Then go and make it happen,' Rappler's Maria Ressa tells the class of 2019. Look also below

Duterte supporters call for attacks on Rappler newsroom, journalists
February 22, 2019

'Bomb Rappler office, rape Maria Ressa' – these are just among the comments posted after a Facebook Live broadcast of pro-administration bloggers from Rappler premises on Thursday, February 21

Mocha Uson, another pro-Duterte blogger who resigned as government communications executive to run for party-list congresswoman, soon reposted Lopez’s video.

Facebook accounts campaigning for Duterte's senatorial bet, former national police chief Ronald dela Rosa, also immediately shared the video.

A revolution against disinformation
February 25, 2019

The challenge now is no longer to gather huge crowds at plazas to frighten a dictator and his sycophants. It is to reclaim the online public space from the disinformation monster that President Duterte himself has unleashed.

‘Don't be a headline reader’: Cagayano journalists speak up against disinformation
Marguerite de Leon March 01, 2019
Seasoned and campus journalists discuss the importance of verifying and fact-checking during the #MoveCagayan forum at Cagayan State University


Press freedom 'very important' for foreign investors, British trade envoy says
Feb 21, 2019

Although press freedom in the Philippines appears “to be under some pressure,” the government is successful in reassuring foreign investors in terms of upholding the rule of law, he said.

Makati Business Club expresses concern over Maria Ressa’s arrest
Ralf Rivas February 22, 2019
'A brave and free press is an ally in the fight against corruption that we and the government espouse in order to encourage investment badly needed to generate employment and wealth creation that is truly inclusive,” says the MBC

One year banned from President Duterte’s events
Pia Ranada February 20, 2019

All Rappler reporters, including provincial correspondents, have been barred from covering the President for an entire year. This sets a worrying precedent that threatens press freedom.

Princeton alumni, students call for end to 'intimidation campaign' vs Maria Ressa
Sofia Tomacruz February 21, 2019
A hundred graduates call on government officials, policy makers, and businesses to 'press' the Philippine government to end its harassment of Maria Ressa and the Philippine press

NUJP ask Duterte to lift coverage ban
February 21, 2019 - with Video
The now one-year order of President Rodrigo Duterte to ban Rappler from covering his events 'has gone on too long,' says the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines


Is there a war on truth? A conversation with Maria Ressa
 Al Jazeera English Streamed live Feb 21, 2019

A free and independent press is the cornerstone of democracy and Philippine journalist Maria Ressa wants it to remains so.

Maria Ressa: War on Truth | Witness
Al Jazeera English Feb 18, 2019

It’s the battle of our age.
Facebook and other social media giants are being manipulated by governments and corporations, weakening democracies.

Attacks against media in 2018
Alex Evangelista December 14, 2018

Cases of intimidation and violence against journalists continue to spread with the persisting 'climate of hatred' against journalism globally.
“More and more democratically-elected leaders no longer see the media as part of democracy’s essential underpinning, but as an adversary to which they openly display their aversion”

St Scholastica's Sister Mary John calls journalists an 'endangered species'
April 25, 2019

'I think they are inspiring so many people to also have courage, and to stand out and speak out against corruption, against all the injustices that we are experiencing in our times,' says Sister Mary John Mananzan

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Why we need to support free media in era of fake news
Daniel Pruce February 08, 2019

As Winston Churchill said, 'A free press is the unsleeping guardian of every other right that free men prize; it is the most dangerous foe of tyranny'

Any journalist's silence amid attacks vs press the ‘biggest insult’
Pia Ranada February 11, 2019

University of the Philippines journalism professor Danilo Arao also slams Malacañang's media security task force for its 'deafening silence' on President Rodrigo Duterte's attacks against the press and called on members of the media to be more outspoken against threats to press freedom, calling silence an “insult.”

PNP confiscates alleged anti-gov't magazine after Anti-Terror Law takes effect
Rambo Talabong July 26 2020

The incident marks a first in recent history that police confiscated copies of a magazine considered a threat to the government.
On Sunday morning, July 26, policemen seized bundles of Pinoy Weekly from the Bulacan office of an urban poor organization and stacked these at the back of a police vehicle before driving off.

The Videos:

Bishop Pabillo sa mga pulis, nagsisimba: Respetuhin ang mga simbahan, misa
Jul 28, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Pinaalalahanan ni Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo ang mga taong dumadalo sa mga misa at mga pulis na respetuhin ang "place of worship" at misa kasunod ng pagkumpiska ng ilang pulis sa placards ng mga nagsisimba sa Quiapo Church noong Lunes.

PNP: Cops seized placards from Mass-goers on Church request
Jul 29, 2020 ABS-CBN News
The Philippine National said Wednesday its officers seized placards and other protest materials from activists during a Mass in Manila this week "in accordance to the request of the church."

Cops’ confiscation of placards during Quiapo mass not a ‘misbehavior’
July 29, 2020 Noreen Jazul
Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said he does not consider the confiscation of protestors’ placards by policemen during a mass in Quiapo Church as a “misbehavior.”

Cops seize protest materials during Quiapo Church Mass
Camille Elemia July 27 2020 - with Video
Manila police confiscated Anti-Terror Law protest materials from some Akbayan members who were attending Mass inside Quiapo Church on Monday, July 27, ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address (SONA).

PNP chief: We can't use Anti-Terror Law to seize newspapers copies
Rambo Talabong July 27 2020 - with Video
At least not yet. The Philippine National Police is waiting for the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Anti-Terror Law before enforcing it.
After a squad of policemen seized hundreds of copies of a progressive news magazine in Bulacan, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Archie Gamboa sought to quell fears of authoritarianism.

Police confiscate thousands of ‘subversive’ weekly magazine in Bulacan
July 27, 2020 Aaron Recuenco
Police confiscated thousands of copies of a weekly magazine which they described as “subversive documents ” in a raid in Pandi, Bulacan on Sunday.
In a statement posted in its Facebook page, the PinoyMedia Center Inc. which publishes the Pinoy Weekly, accused the police force of Pandi town of illegal seizure of thousands of print magazine copies of its publication at around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday from the local office of urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) in Villa Lois public housing in Pandi.

Kadamay slams warrantless arrest of community leader, periodical seizure
July 26, 2020 JULIA MARI ORNEDO, GMA News
Urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) on Sunday slammed the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the “warrantless and baseless” arrest of a community leader and the raid on the Villa Lois housing site in Pandi, Bulacan.
In a statement, Kadamay “vehemently condemned” the arrest of community leader Rose Fortaleza and the confiscation of the group’s flyers along with issues of the alternative news publication Pinoy Weekly.

NUJP website latest target of 'coordinated campaign' vs critical news
Gelo Gonzales February 13, 2019

The website of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) became the latest target in an ongoing series of cyberattacks against alternative, critical news organizations.
Attacks continue after earlier hits on Bulatlat, Kodao Productions, and Pinoy Weekly.

NUJP website downed by 'massive' denial of service attack
January 10, 2017

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines calls the cyberattacker an enemy 'of press freedom and of free expression'

Altermidya 'strongly condemns' DDoS attacks against member sites
February 08, 2019

Altermidya Network says it will not cower despite the attacks, remaining committed to reporting 'the truths that need urgent telling'
Altermidya believes "there is no one else that could possibly be behind these attacks than the Duterte administration itself, which has taken increasingly bold steps to curtail press freedom and the people’s right to know."

Maria Ressa, other journalists to be honored at Times Square NYE
Mara Cepeda December 30, 2018

Times Square Alliance president Tim Tompkins says it is fitting to honor free press and free speech in one of the world's most famous public squares as the world welcomes 2019

Watch: Maria Ressa, other journalists at Times Square NY for Ball Drop
Mara Cepeda January 01, 2019 - with Video
Times Square Alliance president Tim Tompkins says it is fitting to honor free press and free speech in one of the world's most famous public squares as the world welcomes 2019

The Videos: Times Square New Year's Eve Ball Drop, Maria Ressa and Joel Simon of CPJ at Times Square, New York
Dec 31, 2018
The Times Square New Year's Eve 2019 Charity Honoree is the Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom and the safety of journalists around the globe.

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa urges journalists to 'stand together' against disinformation
December 31, 2018
Ressa, who is among the journalists to be honored at the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball Drop, calls on journalists to 'move away from competition' in the face of disinformation and attacks to press freedom


Maria Ressa wins Tully Award for Free Speech
April 10, 2019
The annual award from the Tully Center for Free Speech at the Newhouse School in Syracuse University is given 'to a journalist who has shown courage in facing a free speech threat'

Maria Ressa wins surprise award at inaugural BOLD Awards
April 09, 2019
The BOLD Awards aims to shine a spotlight on bold and breakthrough projects in a number of fields, such as crowdsourcing, open innovation, and other technology-related sectors

LODI honors Filipino journalists for defending press freedom
Kurt Dela Peña December 07, 2018

12 journalists are honored for their achievement in the cause of press freedom, including Rappler CEO Maria Ressa.
Amid threats to press freedom in the Philippines, the arts and media alliance Let’s Organize for Democracy and Integrity (LODI) on Thursday, December 6, recognized internationally-acclaimed Filipino journalists for their excellence and courage.

Contribute to Protect Threatened Journalists
The government of the Philippines’s authoritarian leader is using bogus charges to silence investigative journalist and Time Person of the Year Maria Ressa, and her publication Rappler, known for its fearless reporting. We’re fighting for their freedom — and freedom of the press for journalists everywhere.

Global media groups start fund-raising for Rappler
December 18, 2018
Rappler and its CEO Maria Ressa will be the first recipients of fund for journalists facing threats to press freedom worldwide

IFJ The International Federation of Journalists is the global voice of journalists.

Founded in 1926, it is the world’s largest organisation of journalists, representing 600,000 media professionals in 187 unions and associations in more than 140 countries.




We will hold the line #DefendPressFreedom
Defend Free and Fearless Journalism

When Power insists, "you're either with us or against us," the space for a diversity of voices and ideas shrinks.
'The government is for all and not just those who agree with the policies of the administration'
Filipinos block online. Also the government bans - blocks in all ways for all critics!

When hate and anger are weaponized, it creates a spiral of silence.

When critical questions are simplistically equated with an anti-government agenda, it requires courage to hold decision-makers accountable.

We, the women and men of Rappler, stand steadfast by our CEO Maria Ressa. Despite pressure and intimidation, she places truth and integrity above all, inspiring courage among us and in our communities.
Written and produced by Analette Abesamis
Jaene Zaplan


#DefendPressFreedom: Mabuhay ang malayang pamamahayag

Hindi lang isang araw ang pakikibaka para sa malayang pamamahayag.

In these videos, journalists from the martial law period all the way to today’s campus reporters stand up to demonstrate the Philippines’ enduring commitment to the defense of press freedom.

These videos was co-directed by Jason Tan and Paolo Villaluna, with cinematography by Dindo Martinez and Franz Lopez. It was written and produced by Patricia Evangelista and translated into Filipino by Joselito D. De Los Reyes.

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Maria Ressa, other journalists named Time 'Person of the Year' 2018
December 12, 2018 - with Video

All Time 'Person of the Year' honorees are journalists.

The Video:

Time's 2018 Person of the Year: 'Guardians and War on Truth'
Dec 12, 2018
Time magazine's 2018 person of the year are the "guardians and the war on truth." The group is made up of four journalists and a newspaper that Time says are representatives of a broader fight by countless others around the world.

the articles:

Maria Ressa accepts Tully Award, says sense of purpose 'sharper'
April 25, 2019
Rappler's Maria Ressa, recipient of the Tully Award for Free Speech, hopes to 'keep walking until I come out the other side, and hopefully the world is right-side up'

Duterte alluding to Maria Ressa Time cover? ‘Inyo na ‘yan’
Pia Ranada December 14, 2018 - with Video
'Time of the what, Time of the magazine, Time – ‘Woman of the Century’ and all, inyo na ‘yan, (you can have it)' says President Rodrigo Duterte

NUJP: Maria Ressa’s Time honor recognizes 'tenacity of PH press'
December 12, 2018
'The selection of Maria is a recognition of the resistance and tenacity of the Philippine press in upholding truth and fighting for the freedom of the Press and expression,' says the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

PH press freedom 'robust,' says Malacañang after Time honors Maria Ressa
Pia Ranada December 12, 2018
'That's the call of the awarding organization. It has its basis for awarding certain people. Certainly we cannot intrude into that,' Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says of the choice of Maria Ressa as Time 'Person of the Year'
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said in response to questions in a Palace news briefing that the continued publication of reports critical of the Duterte administration should dispel notions that the government does not tolerate dissent.

Maria Ressa as Time 'Person of the Year': 'Light amidst the darkness'
December 12, 2018
'In this age of misinformation, it's from Maria Ressa and TIME's Persons of the Year that we find the courage, the strength, and the inspiration to continue fighting for truth,' says human rights lawyer Chel Diokno

Jiggy Manicad, from reporter to politician
February 05, 2019 - with Video

Jiggy Manicad explains his stance on press freedom and on Inquirer editorial, blocking people on Twitter!

Former broadcast journalist Jiggy Manicad has gone from reporting the news to being in the news. What can a reporter-turned-politician bring to the Senate?

Jiggy Manicad: Duterte's attacks vs media just his 'style'
Pia Ranada updated February 05, 2019 - with Video
Is President Duterte good or bad for press freedom in the Philippines? 'He is like a challenge because we have to stay within our ethics of reporting,' says senatorial bet Jiggy Manicad.

China drives away Filipino TV crew from Panatag Shoal
Paterno Esmaquel II November 22, 2018

'Without the permission of China, you cannot carry out the interview here,' a member of the Chinese Coast Guard tells the crew of broadcast giant GMA-7

PH to 'validate' if shooing away PH media is China policy
Pia Ranada November 26, 2018
Asked if the actions of the Chinese Coast Guard violate Philippine rights, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says, 'We don't know it yet'

Robredo slams China for driving away PH media from Panatag
November 25, 2018
Vice President Leni Robredo slammed China on Sunday, November 25, after the Chinese Coast Guard drove away a Filipino TV crew from Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal), as she also scored the Duterte administration for its "defeatist" attitude.
"Nakakatakot na nakakagalit (It is scary and it also makes us angry)," Robredo said of the Panatag Shoal incident.

IMPORTANT Is China our new America?

Q and A: Frederik Obermaier, behind and beyond the 'Panama Papers'
Alexa Villano November 03, 2018

Top investigative journalist Frederik Obermaier shares what life was before the biggest story of his career – and the value of whistleblowers

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Freedom on the Net 2018:
The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism
Fake news, data collection, and the challenge to democracy
Adrian Shahbaz

E.g.: Score declines in the Philippines led to status downgrades. The Philippines slipped from Free to Partly Free as content manipulation and cyberattacks threatened to distort online information.

Senate panels back gov't shutdown of social media accounts
Camille Elemia November 27, 2018
The National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, under the Office of the President, wants the DICT to be authorized to shut down social media accounts that are deemed 'inimical to national interest'

First consultation meeting to address PH journalists' safety takes place
November 10, 2018
The first multi-stakeholder meeting was organized by the Asian Institute of Journalism Communication and the International Media Support
New social media campaign rules won't limit freedom of expression, says Comelec
Sofia Tomacruz December 06, 2018

'It may just cause you to be more forthright with how much you’re spending when creating that content,' says Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez.
Jimenez said problems the Comelec already foresees here include defining what counts as a troll farm and who may be considered a social media specialist.

'Fake news' should be considered form of election fraud, says watchdog
by Sofia Tomacruz December 07, 2018
Kontra Daya asks Comelec to hold purveyors of lies accountable

Foundation for Media Alternatives - FMA
Communications. Rights. Policy

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FMA Statement on Press Freedom

To serve a free society, social media must evolve beyond data mining
by Aram Sinnreich and Barbara Romzek, The Conversation July 13, 2018

The protection of user data now is necessary for the internet and its major services to evolve.

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PIA feeds Bacolod journalists interview questions for Bong Go
October 27, 2018

The Philippine Information Agency’s support for the activities of a non-government official, especially one running for senator, goes against its stated functions

House resolution seeks to adopt 'restrictive' rules on media coverage
Mara Cepeda September 24, 2018

House committee on public information chairperson Ben Evardone says some of the provision will make it difficult for journalists to gain access to the House of Representatives.
A House Resolution (HR) No. 2149 has been filed seeking the adoption of proposed rules for media coverage that were previously criticized for being restrictive towards journalists.

Use of 'cyber troops' found in 48 countries, up from 28 last year
Victor Barreiro Jr. September 11, 2018

The University of Oxford, in a report from July titled, 'Challenging Truth and Trust:

A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation,' aimed to inform about the further growth of misinformation and manipulation campaigns.

The Philippines has been in the report since 2016.

Fighting 'fake news' with the law

Some countries are using legislation to fight the spread of 'fake news,' as critics warn of dangers to free speech and the media. Here's a look at the situation in a number of countries.

Fake news: the media industry strikes back

'Journalism's role as the 'gatekeeper' of what is and isn't news has always been controversial, of course. But we're now seeing just how bad things can get when that function breaks down,' says journalism professor John Huxford

Both by Agence France-Presse July 13, 2018

Can spreading gossip or hoaxes online land you in jail?
Vernise L Tantuco August 11, 2018

It can, lawyers say, if the information you spread harms the reputation or the rights of another person


in the album Truth, Trust, Democracy and Disinformation

Peter Pomerantsev on Facebook, truth, and the crisis of democracy
July 30, 2018

Maria Ressa talks to Peter Pomerantsev about the weaponization of social media
Facebook shares plunged by around 21% or almost $120 billion last week, the largest single drop in Wall Street history. It's another setback for the social media giant, which has faced mounting pressure to rid its pages of false information and propaganda.

‘Journalism, F*ke News and Disinformation’: Fighting back is now mission critical
Julie Posetti June 09, 2018

Journalists need to ramp up their coverage of disinformation actors, even outside of election periods. They can partner with others, including communities, in combating pollution of the information environment.

Social media platforms urged to be 'better gatekeepers'
December 09, 2018 - with Video
Social media has its pros and cons – providing a platform for the marginalized, yet paving the way for others to abuse its vast space and wide reach.
Journalism and free speech have exponentially been affected by the rise of lies and disinformation on social media. But is regulating it the solution?

Duterte Dictionary

How Harry Roque interprets what the President says
Rappler reviews how Presidential Spokesperson Roque valiantly tried to soften the controversial statements and actions of President Rodrigo Duterte

Rappler Investigative Team June 29, 2018

Pia Ranada June 29, 2018
Two years of the Duterte presidency have come and gone and one thing is certain: Rodrigo Duterte is the country's most foul-mouthed chief executive so far. His expletive-peppered tirades are an almost daily reality. Once on a roll, he won't press the breaks for anyone, not even God. Insults are part of Duterte's performative style of governance, and even his diplomacy.

World Press Freedom Day 2018
May 01, 2018 - with many Videos, which AboutPhilippines recommend to look!

Rappler joins in the celebration of the 2018 World Press Freedom Day happening on May 2-3, 2018 with the theme, ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’

What does it even mean to be free?
Glenda M. Gloria May 02, 2018
As we prepare to celebrate World Press Freedom Day, we try to take stock not only of our freedom to tell stories and speak truth to power, but also of our new world that we assume appreciates such freedom

On World Press Freedom Day, rights groups urge public to support journalists
May 03, 2018
This year's celebration of the global event comes amid continuing attacks against the Philippine press, says Human Rights Watch


World Press Freedom Day 2018: Voices from the Frontlines
May 3, 2018

Journalists share experiences in the field and what keeps them motivated to do their work.

Chatham House Prize 2018: The Committee to Protect Journalists
December 02, 2018 - with Video

The Committee to Protect Journalists is awarded the 2018 Chatham House Prize in recognition of its efforts to defend the right of journalists to work without fear


Intrepid Journalist, Maria Ressa, at Forefront of Media Innovation in the Philippines
International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) Nov 8, 2018

ICFJ’s 2018 Knight International Journalism Award Winner Maria Ressa is a crusading editor and digital trailblazer in the Philippines. Her popular news site has reported on the policies of President Rodrigo Duterte and his government’s brutal war on drugs. As founder and executive editor of Rappler, Ressa has been at the forefront of both investigative journalism and media innovation. She is now fighting the government’s move to revoke Rappler’s license and thus silence it on grounds that the site is owned by foreigners, a charge Ressa calls ridiculous.

Rappler's Maria Ressa wins global press freedom award
June 10, 2018 - with Videos

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa wins the Golden Pen of Freedom Award from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers or WAN-IFRA
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Panel Q&A with Maria Ressa at WAN-IFRA Golden Pen of Freedom awarding ceremony

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Rappler receives 2018 Free Media Pioneer Award
June 23, 2018 - with Video
The International Press Institute hails Rappler's commitment to critical reporting and its innovation

FULL TEXT: World Editors Forum head on Maria Ressa's Golden Pen of Freedom
June 07, 2018 - with Video
World Editors Forum president David Callaway delivers a speech introducing Maria Ressa, recipient of the Golden Pen of Freedom Award handed by WAN-IFRA

FULL TEXT: Maria Ressa accepts WAN-IFRA Golden Pen of Freedom
June 07, 2018 - with Video

70th World News Media Congress 2018 – Opening ceremony and awarding of the 2018 Golden Pen of Freedom
June 06, 2018 - with Video
Watch the opening ceremony and awarding of the 2018 Golden Pen of Freedom live on Rappler

Speak truth to power, keep power in check

Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, Philippine Press Institute May 03, 2018

Whoever is president, the paramount duty of a free press in a democracy is to defend and uphold the people's right to know, with unqualified courage and unity

Bar Bulletin No. 26: Has the Supreme Court unintentionally restrained free speech?
Pelagio Palma Jr. June 01, 2018

Warning participants against 'undermin[ing] the safe and orderly conduct' of the oath-taking ceremonies for new lawyers intentionally or unintentionally limit public criticism of the court.

Duterte to UN special rapporteur Garcia-Sayan: 'Go to hell'
Michael Bueza June 03, 2018
'He is not a special person, and I do not recognize his rapporteur title,' says President Rodrigo Duterte.

New lawyers risk contempt with purple ribbon at Supreme Court rites
Lian Buan June 02, 2018
'The Supreme Court is not infallible. Only the Constitution is supreme,' says young lawyer Audrey Ng

UN Rapporteur: Judicial independence in PH under attack
Lian Buan June 02, 2018 with Video
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers said on Friday, June 1, that the judicial independence of the Philippines is under attack.

SC warns lawyers: Disrupt oath-taking ceremony decorum, face contempt
Lian Buan May 30, 2018
The warning is interpreted as a cautious move against any possible show of opposition towards the Sereno ouster.

Malacañang reaps fruits of tireless attacks on press freedom
Chito de la Vega May 11, 2018

The government cannot just trample on press freedom and get away with it.
Malacañang is now reaping the fruits of its tireless effort to curtail press freedom.

Sen. Sotto asks Inquirer to remove stories linking him in Pepsi Paloma rape-murder case
Leila B. Salaverria June 18, 2018

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III appealed to online news site to take down their stories linking him to the 1982 rape and murder of the late sexy star Pepsi Paloma.

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Sotto asks Inquirer to remove articles on Pepsi Paloma
Aika Rey June 16, 2018
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines denounces Sotto's request, saying it is a 'brazen attempt to suppress freedom of the press and of expression'
Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the 'unverified articles' posted on 'have been negatively affecting my reputation for the longest time'
In response, Rodis said Inquirer could set a "dangerous precedent" if it agrees to Sotto's request.

Inquirer takes down Pepsi Paloma articles after Sen. Tito Sotto’s request
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) has released a full statement regarding the news site’s decision to take down the articles.
In NUJP’s Facebook page, they stated that they are “saddened” that it will be one of the darkest days of Philippine journalism as the online arm of the newspaper caved into the demands of the senator.

Inquirer says takedown of Pepsi Paloma articles not a press freedom issue
Jul 05 2018

Inquirer defers using contributions by 'Pepsi Paloma' writer
Lian Buan June 24, 2018
'Congratulations to Senate President Tito Sotto for successfully persuading to stop publishing my articles,' says US-based writer Rodel Rodis.

Sotto says Inquirer will remove articles on Pepsi Paloma
Camille Elemia June 18, 2018
'They will [take it down]... because it's fake news. It's [the] original fake news,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

The Life and Curious Death of Pepsi Paloma
Undoubtedly one of the most intriguing pop culture figures in the country's history, the life story of Pepsi Paloma is as sad as it is mysterious.

Pepsi Paloma Rape: What Really Happened?
Zachary Stieber March 5, 2014

Inquirer should investigate the rape of Pepsi Paloma
Benjamin Pimentel July 10, 2018

After deleting articles about her rape, the Inquirer should investigate the tragic story of Pepsi Paloma


Media groups record 85 attacks on press freedom under Duterte
May 3, 2018

The attacks, perpetuated from June 30, 2016 to May 1, 2018, include 9 murders, 16 libel cases, 14 cases of online harassment, 11 death threats, 6 slay attempts, 6 cases of harassment, 5 cases of intimidation, 4 cases of website attack, revoked registration or denied franchise renewal, verbal abuse, strafing, and police surveillance of journalists and media agencies.

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'Separately and together, these 85 cases have made the practice of journalism an even more dangerous endeavor under Duterte,' says Malou Mangahas, executive director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism.

Nicole Curato for BroadAgenda March 30, 2018

These are letters are written by female journalists for female journalists – although these messages are for anyone who cares about democratic politics.
We are in trouble because press freedom in Southeast Asia is on the decline.

PCOO meeting with Reporters Without Borders not so 'fruitful' after all?
Jodesz Gavilan February 25, 2020

Daniel Bastard, Reporters Without Borders Asia Pacific desk head, recalls telling Communications Secretary Martin Andanar that they can agree to disagree

The Information and Democracy Commission: Defending free flow of truthful info
Gelo Gonzales September 18, 2018
The Information and Democracy Commission is a global initiative launched by Reporters Without Borders to build a formal multi-sectoral approach to combating misinformation and disinformation in the digital age.

Philippines down 6 spots in 2018 World Press Freedom Index
Jodesz Gavilan April 26, 2018

'The dynamism of the media in the Philippines has also been checked by the emergence of a leader who wants to show he is all powerful,' says media watchdog Reporters Without Borders


Philippine media under attack
Press freedom after 2 years of Duterte

As the President enters his second year, we look back at the attacks that journalists have had to endure

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Speaking about the PH media situation and Rappler in Hong Kong
Alexa Villano December 03, 2018
There is still hope, despite the challenges thrown at us.

Bakit takot sa media ang mga diktador?
April 30, 2018

Kung paanong magkaiba ang katotohanan at kasinungalingan, ganoon ding magkasalungat ang demokrasya at diktadura

Marcos and Duterte: Strongmen’s changing playbook
Marites Dañguilan Vitug April 30, 2018

Threats to a free press have returned in different forms. There is no other way ahead but to stay the cours


CHR: Foreigners visiting PH shouldn't lose rights to free speech, assembly
Apr 25, 2018

Entry to the Philippines should not equate to the surrender of rights to free speech and assembly for foreign nationals, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said Thursday, amid an alleged crackdown of visitors critical of the government

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What you need to know about state surveillance
Sofia Tomacruz March 10, 2018

The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte purchased communications surveillance equipment from the UK. What should citizens know about state in monitoring?

State surveillance: A necessary evil?

Proponents of state surveillance argue that monitoring individuals is necessary in the interest of "national security." But who defines what "national security" is? To what extent is state surveillance lawful?

State surveillance as a tool to silence critics
Human rights activists say that the conduct of both physical and communication surveillance is prone to abuse and is a violation of a citizen’s right to privacy. If left unchecked, it can lead to 'far worse attacks.'

Both: Jodesz Gavilan and Sofia Tomacruz March 16 and 18, 2018

Malacañang reporters temporarily barred from Palace grounds
Pia Ranada May 01, 2018

The Presidential Security Group says this was due to heightened security measures implemented for Labor Day

Lewd gov't official verbally harasses reporter
May 20, 2018

The government official also has a habit of pausing in the middle of press briefings to 'compliment' female reporters.

We’re not here to be your friends
Pia Ranada March 10, 2018

It's time we call out reporters who are overly chummy with government officials, who ride the wave of this administration's popularity at the cost of critical and impartial reporting and commentary.

PDEA restricts Rappler coverage access after story on P6.8-B shabu
August 18, 2018

Rappler condemns in the strongest terms the attempt of PDEA spokesman Derrick Carreon to cut Rappler reporter Rambo Talabong out of the agency's official media advisory and coordination channel

Rappler's Pia Ranada barred from entering Malacañang Palace


Jessica Soho and Mike Enriquez on why journalism matters

GMA 7's veteran broadcast journalists talk about journalism, the changing media landscape, and the challenges

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When Philippine media is threatened

Part 1 - Threats
Mar 28, 2018
In this short video, journalists Ezra Acayan, Ed Lingao, JC Gotinga, Pia Ranada, Jason Gutierrez and Inday-Espina Varona speak of the attack against the free press, and what will stop them from reporting.

Part 2
April 09, 2018
Photographer Ezra Acayan: 'I am human first before I am a journalist'
Award-winning photojournalist Ezra Acayan, who has been covering the drug war since 2016, speaks to Rappler's Patricia Evangelista in this video about biases, freedom, and why he continues to follow the dead

Part 3
April 16, 2018
Reporter Pia Ranada: 'If I can be targeted, so can any one else who is critical'
In this video, the third in a series of conversations about press freedom, Ranada talks about the ban against coverage, the string of threats, and the lonely business of reporting on the President.

Part 4
April 23, 2018
Journalist Ed Lingao: 'You have to fight back'
In this video, the fourth in a series of conversations about press freedom, broadcast journalist Ed Lingao speaks of patriotism, confronting online trolls, and a journalist's duty to combat fake news.
He is a veteran broadcaster who concedes that there is less trust in Philippine media. The irony, he adds, is in the fact journalists who could never be trusted before are now celebrated as examples of journalistic integrity.
“We’re all paid hacks,” says Ed Lingao, of how reporters are viewed today. “We’re all yellow journalists. We’re all idiots.”

Part 5
Journalists on press freedom: Be afraid, but do the job
Patricia Evangelista May 02, 2018
In this video, the last in a series of conversations about press freedom, journalists Ed Lingao, Jason Gutierrez, Inday Espina-Varona, Ezra Acayan, and JC Gotinga speak about facing threats against the press, and why it's important to keep reporting
The threat against press freedom, say local journalists, emanates from the republic’s highest office.

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DOT issues guidelines for media covering Boracay
Alexa Villano April 14, 2018
The Department of Tourism (DOT) has issued guidelines for media who will enter Boracay during its 6-month rehabilitation that will begin on April 26.

The Philippine tourism industry is scrambling to manage the fallout from the temporary shutdown of its world-famous Boracay island, which has thrown into chaos trips planned by hundreds of thousands of tourists.

Boracay in chaos as shutdown looms

Is the DOT’s media restriction in Boracay constitutional?
Lian Buan April 16, 2018
Legal experts say there will be a solid case if media groups choose to challenge the restriction in court

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Did EDSA fail us?
Sylvia Estrada Claudio February 26, 2018

When this regime threatens press freedom, imprisons its critics, and arbitrarily kills its citizens, then it fails us and EDSA. It reverses all the steps we have taken towards democracy and progress.

A 'Fraught Time' For Press Freedom In The Philippines
January 17, 2018 Sheila S. Coronel

President Rodrigo Duterte does not like the press. Stung by critical media reporting, he has in the past months called some of the country's largest media organizations "bullshit," "garbage," "son of a bitch." Journalists, he said, have no shame. They are corrupt fabulists and hypocrites who "pretend to be the moral torch of the country."

PH lawmakers seek to ban reporters who 'besmirch' them
April 27, 2018
The draft rules also require reporters who do not have special accreditation to cover the House of Representatives to secure temporary passes two days before their planned visit

Duterte’s zero concept of independent journalism
Marites Dañguilan Vitug February 25, 2018
This truly reflects the sad state of journalism in the Philippines. It shows the swath of reality that independent journalism has not yet taken root in our society.

‘The Post' review: Freedom of the press
Oggs Cruz February 24, 2018 - with Video
'The Post': a Hollywood ode to journalism is indubitably a terrific film. It is timing, however, that is its most important element.

Presidents and their beef with Palace reporters
Pia Ranada March 1, 2018

Rappler looks into all instances when Malacañang restricted Palace reporters' access and compares them with President Duterte's recent order

Pass or fail? Women journalists rate PH presidents on respect for press freedom
Bong Santisteban March 09, 2018
Four veteran journalists recall how presidents dealt with the media after the Marcos regime

How Marcos treated dissent: Punishing rumors and summoning reporters
Lian Buan February 24, 2018

The late strongman Ferdinand Marcos signed a presidential decree that sought to jail ‘rumor mongers.’ It was repealed by Corazon Aquino.
President Rodrigo Duterte has barred Rappler reporter Pia Ranada from entering the Malacañang compound.
To gauge the gravity of Duterte’s actions would be to compare him to how Philippine presidents in the past treated dissent, or more specifically, a critical press.

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#25SecondsForPressFreedom: Journalists explain why press freedom matters
April 29, 2018 - with Videos

In a UNESCO campaign for World Press Freedom Day, renowned journalists talk about the importance of press freedom in a democracy

Duterte admits being a dictator

Duterte: If I won't be a dictator, nothing will happen to PH
Pia Ranada February 09, 2018 - with Video
President Rodrigo Duterte had previously said that becoming a dictator would dishonor his late mother, a prominent activist against the Marcos regime.
AMID fears of looming autocrat rule under his watch, President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, February 7, admitted to imposing a "dictatorial" style of governance.
Duterte said he prefers to act like a "dictator" to be able to sustain the country's progress.
"If you say dictator, I am really a dictator. If I don't act (like a) dictator, son of a b****, nothing will happen to this country," the President said in Visayan.
"That's true. If I don't act (like a) dictator, which is my style now, nothing will happen to this country," he added.

Former U.N. rights chief calls out 'dangerous silence' of world leaders
Sofia Tomacruz April 26, 2019
'When... Duterte says to his soldiers in Mindanao you are to shoot women in the vagina, did anyone say anything?' asks former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

Filipinos remember Martial Law: 'Dictatorship is back'
Paterno Esmaquel II September 21, 2018 - with Videos
Thousands of protesters gather to denounce a 'creeping dictatorship' as the Philippines marks the 46th anniversary of Martial Law

Robredo: 'It’s time to take a stand because democracy is at risk again'
Mara Cepeda September 21, 2018
'Tinatawag tayo ng panahon upang umaksyon at ang pagkakataong ganito ay minsan lamang babalik sa atin,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Duterte tells police to ignore UN rapporteurs' probe
Pia Ranada March 01, 2018
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte brands any investigation into his drug war as interference

Mr. President, keep your foul mouth away from our vaginas
Ana P. Santos February 14, 2018
Rodrigo Duterte is so scared of strong women that he doesn’t know what to do with them, except degrade, insult, and strip them of their character by reducing them to nothing more than body parts

HRW: Duterte's 'shoot women in vagina' remark violates int'l humanitarian law
Jodesz Gavilan February 13, 2018
The Commission on Human Rights and Gabriela Women's Party say President Rodrigo Duterte's latest lewd remark 'openly encourages violence against women'.
President Rodrigo Duterte violated international humanitarian law when he encouraged state forces to commit sexual violence against rebels when he ordered them to shoot female combatants in the vagina if they encountered them in the field, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.

Shoot rebels in the vagina? Duterte is ‘a damaged man’
Senator Leila M. de Lima February 17, 2018
‘Duterte’s order is a threat against soldiers…because this is a man that would take the honor, dignity, integrity, patriotism, and professionalism of a Filipino soldier, and manipulate it to satisfy his own brutality and bloodlust.’

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a collective name for the newly formed offices within the Office of the President of the Philippines and refers to the following positions and offices: the Presidential Spokesman and the Presidential Communications Office (formerly the Office of the Press Secretary).

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Rappler stringers barred from covering Duterte's provincial events
Pia Ranada March 17, 2018

Journalists based outside Metro Manila are banned from President Rodrigo Duterte's events in their hometowns if they are covering for Rappler

Rappler's Pia Ranada barred from entering Malacañang Palace
February 20, 2018 - with Videos

The incident happens a day after the Senate hearing on the Navy frigates deal where Special Assistant to the President Bong Go accused Rappler of churning out 'fake news'

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Duterte to lift ban on Rappler if SEC ruling overturned
Pia Ranada February 23, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte also revives his old claim that Rappler is 'CIA-sponsored'

Rappler reporter now banned from entire Malacañang complex
February 22, 2018 - with Video
Previously, Rappler reporter Pia Ranada was only barred from entering the Palace but could enter the New Executive Building which houses the Press Working Area.

Rappler to Harry Roque: Duterte ban about press freedom
Paterno Esmaquel II February 21, 2018
'It is not the government's role to say who can cover what, and when, and where,' says Rappler after President Duterte banned Rappler from Malacañang.

Rappler reporter remains in Malacañang Press Corps unless SEC ruling final – MPC
February 21, 2018
'MPC reserves the right to accredit its own members,' says MPC president Reymund Tinaza, asserting the independence of the media group

Roque: Rappler reporter barred because 'bwisit sa kanya ang Presidente'
February 21, 2018
But the day before, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said personal dislike is 'not a valid reason' to bar a reporter from covering events

PSG chief's remark vs Rappler reporter 'uncalled for' – Lorenzana
Carmela Fonbuena February 21, 2018
'Whatever Rappler's offense, the PSG [has] no right to harm Rappler's people [or] threaten them,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

PSG commander to Rappler reporter: Be thankful Palace guard didn't hurt you
February 21, 2018 - with Video
'Pasalamat kayo hindi kayo sinaktan sa pagbabastos na ginawa 'nyo,' says PSG Commander Brigadier General Lope Dagoy

NUJP to Duterte: 'Shame on you for displaying extreme pettiness'
February 20, 2018
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines says President Rodrigo Duterte 'has acted much like a petulant child throwing a fit' when he banned Rappler's Pia Ranada from Palace coverage.

Rappler to Malacañang: Don't use power to obstruct
February 20, 2018
We encourage the government to answer these uncomfortable questions and avoid using its immense power to obstruct and harass.

Rappler statement on Bong Go's 'fake news' accusation
February 19, 2018

Is 'fake news' the new defense of public officials against public scrutiny?

DOCUMENTS: How Bong Go is linked thrice to frigates deal
Carmela Fonbuena February 19, 2018
The big-ticket modernization project of the Armed Forces of the Philippines is embroiled in controversy following the ouster of former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado in December 2017

Duterte himself banned Rappler reporter from Malacañang coverage
February 20, 2018
UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte orders the head of Malacañang's Internal House Affairs Office to ensure that Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and reporter Pia Ranada cannot enter the Palace

Roque: Rappler still allowed to cover Malacañang events, says Medialdea
Pia Ranada February 20, 2018
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says an official's personal 'dislike' for specific reporters is not a valid reason to bar them from entering the Palace

PDEA restricts Rappler coverage

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Duterte himself banned Rappler reporter from Malacañang coverage
Feb 20, 2018

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte orders the head of Malacañang's Internal House Affairs Office to ensure that Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and reporter Pia Ranada cannot enter the Palace
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Media watchdogs slam Malacañang ban on Rappler reporter
February 23, 2018

Reporters Without Borders and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility both speak out days after a Rappler reporter was banned from entering the Malacañang complex

Everything you need to know about Rappler's Malacañang coverage ban
February 22, 2018

Updates, stories on Malacañang's ban against Rappler

TIMELINE: Malacañang's evolving statements on Rappler ban
Pia Ranada March 03, 2018
Rappler tracks the ever-changing reasons given by President Rodrigo Duterte and Malacañang officials about the ban prohibiting its reporters from covering the Palace.

FACT CHECK: Maria Ressa is not FOCAP president
April 13, 2018

Rappler is not a foreign media outlet, and therefore does not have to seek accreditation with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines

Crackdown on media, NGOs linked to low global corruption index scores
Michael Bueza February 22, 2018

Transparency International says, 'Given current crackdowns on both civil society and the media worldwide, we need to do more to protect those who speak up'

Foreign correspondents hit Duterte ban on Rappler
Paterno Esmaquel II February 22, 2018
'Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines - FOCAP considers this as a blatant attack on freedom of the press, a right guaranteed by the Philippine Constitution and the United Nations'. Look the Statement

HRW: Barring access to Malacañang can lead to 'broader assault' on media
Jodesz Gavilan February 21, 2018

'It could portend a broader assault on journalists and news organizations whose critical watchdog role has magnified the government’s poor human rights record' Human Rights Watch Asia Division's Carlos Conde says

Freedom of expression now 'battlefield' in fight for human rights – Amnesty Int'l
Jodesz Gavilan February 22, 2018

Amnesty International Philippines' Jose Noel Olano says there is a 'diminishing space' in the area of freedom of expression in the Philippines, making the ability to voice out, criticize, check government become more dangerous


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Int'l news publishers to Duterte: Stop attacking Rappler
Paterno Esmaquel II June 07, 2018
The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) calls on President Rodrigo Duterte to lift the ban on Rappler reporters covering his events.

Silent No More PH

Speak out with courage. Find freedom in your voice. Choose truth as the only sound bite. Help us fight LIES by spreading the TRUTH!

‘That’s a crime’: Duterte hit for blackmailing media
Marchel P. Espina February 02, 2018

‘We should not allow that we will be silenced... because once they succeed, all of us will be silenced,’ NUJP president Noynoy Espina reminds journalists during a #BlackFridayForPressFreedom forum in Bacolod.

NUJP: Expanded ban on Rappler by Malacañang 'a low point in pettiness'
March 06, 2018
The NUJP adds. 'this show of vindictiveness is not just pathetically childish, more worrisome is it shows Duterte’s penchant for taking shortcuts in a case that is still pending before the courts'

Atom Araullo speaks up on press freedom
Jill Tan Radovan February 03, 2018

'I think a crucial element of any healthy democracy is a healthy press and free press,' journalist Atom Araullo says

Possible trend between national happiness and net freedom, internet speed – report
Gelo Gonzales February 09, 2018

Comparing data from different studies, a blog post by a VPN provider sees that countries with high internet speeds and net freedom are also countries with high levels of happiness.

The new normal
Jayeel Cornelio January 23, 2018

Silence is the desire of a dictatorial state that pretends to be democratic. It hides behind the tyranny of opinion, the popularity of a charismatic figure, and the spirit of unyielding legalism.

Does Duterte fulfill the dictator criteria?

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WATCH: Disinformation and Democratic Decay Forum 2019
April 22, 2019

For the second straight year, a network of journalists, academics, bloggers, and advocates known as the Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation are holding a two-day forum on online disinformation and how to battle the spread of lies

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Democracy and Disinformation Forum

How 'fake news' and other forms of disinformation threaten our freedoms, and how to fight back.
The Democracy and Disinformation Forum, a conference for journalists, bloggers, scholars, students, advertising professionals, and PR practitioners hold on February 12 and 13, 2018 at the Ateneo Law School in Makati City.

PH media face 'oppressive, alarming' conditions – global group
Lian Buan April 16, 2019
Representatives of the New-York based Committee to Protect Journalists, who are on a visit to the Philippines, meet with Malacañang and Department of Justice officials

Tagle to social media trolls: Do you know how to love?
Ralf Rivas April 19, 2019
'Ang mga sinungaling, marunong ba yan magmahal? Si Hesus na nagmahal, totoo,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

Trump, Russia, China media attacks 'threaten democracy'
Agence France-Presse April 25, 2018
Reporters Without Borders accuses the world's 3 superpowers – the US, China and Russia – of leading the charge against press freedom

FULL TEXT: Our fundamental freedoms
Marvic Leonen February 19, 2018
'In this era of disinformation, how can you fight for your freedom and democracy?'
This is the full text of the speech of Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen during the Democracy and Disinformation forum at the Ateneo Law School on February 12
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Media expert warns journalists against acting like 'stenographers'
Paterno Esmaquel II February 15, 2018 - with Video
'A journalist, by repeatedly reporting, accurately quoting Duterte's false claims, inadvertently becomes a peddler of fake news,' veteran journalist Ellen Tordesillas also says at the Democracy and Disinformation Forum

In fighting disinformation and trolls, silence 'cannot be an option'
Keb Cuevas February 14, 2018 - with Video
From Wikipedia to Facebook, how do we fight back against trolls, 'fake news' and historical revisionism?

How Duterte supporters swarmed the ICC Facebook page
Raisa Serafica February 14, 2018 - with Video
'All the posts of the past two days have been swarmed and attacked by Filipino trolls – every single post. It is crazy and it is full of non-sequiturs,' says computer programmer Carlos Nazareno

Strong journalism in the age of strongmen
February 14, 2018 - with Video
Currently a journalism professor at the University of Queensland in Australia, Greste was arrested by the Egyptian authorities for terrorism-related charges for his work as a journalist in 2013


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Disinformation and Online Threats
Apr 22, 2018

The forum, organized by Rappler and the Journalism for Nation Building Foundation (JNBF) in partnership with the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Department of Social Sciences and Department of Development Journalism, aims to explain the nature of disinformation online and to highlight the role of a free and independent press in preserving democracy

Journalists on fighting fake news: Be more discerning, take a stand
Bonz Magsambol April 24, 2018
Panelists at the #FactsMatterPH forum held in Laguna share their thoughts on how ordinary citizens can take part in preventing the spread of disinformation online.

Journalists should always stand up against fake information
Raisa Serafica February 12, 2018

Aside from debunking fake news, media organizations must learn from how the disinformation armies package and amplify their messages.

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Quality of PH democracy 'adversely affected' under Duterte – report
Jodesz Gavilan February 01, 2018

The Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index 2017 also says:
President Rodrigo Duterte's continued attacks on media have worsened the press freedom situation in the Philippines

Poe: ‘Bloggers are not above libel laws’
January 30, 2018

'You cannot just attack a person without basis, and then hide behind the skirt of free expression,' says Senator Grace Poe at the second Senate hearing on fake news.

Pacquiao wants gov't to license bloggers, 'control' media
Camille Elemia January 30, 2018
'We know that in our Constitution, there is freedom of expression but because of this freedom of expression, naabuso na kasi,' says Senator Manny Pacquiao
Professor JJ Disini of the UP College of Law said Pacquiao’s proposal is unconstitutional because it restricts freedom of speech.

Duterte Administration Moves to Kill Free Speech in the Philippines
Jillian C. York and Stephanie Lacambra January 26, 2018

In a country where press freedom is already under grave threat, the revocation of an independent publication’s license to operate and a proposed amendment to the Bill of Rights are pushing journalists further into the margins. While the Constitution of the Philippines guarantees press freedom and the country’s media landscape is quite diverse, journalists nevertheless face an array of threats.

House sub-committee wants limited protection for free speech
Bea Cupin January 16, 2018

The House committee on constitutional amendments seeks to amend Article III, Section 4, to provide constitutional protection only for the 'responsible exercise' of free speech

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Proposed free speech clause amendment came from Palace
Jan 18, 2018
The proposal to amend the Bill of Rights to mandate the "responsible" use of free speech came from a committee under the Office of the President, Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro said.

Susog sa freedom of speech, ‘nanggaling sa komiteng hawak ng pangulo’
Jan 18, 2018
Ayon sa House Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro, nanggaling sa Presidential Human Rights Committee Secretariat ang suhestiyon para sa "responsible" freedom of speech.

Bloggers for Freedom: Time to choose between democracy, dictatorship
Bea Cupin January 19, 2018

'Now is a time for making choices amid battles between truth and lies, debate and dissonance, democracy and dictatorship,' the bloggers say in their manifesto of support.
Callling themselves “Bloggers for Freedom,” the 59 bloggers issued a manifesto of support, to signify their support for free speech in the country, and for Rappler, which is under threat of closure after publishing reports critical of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

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Martires limits media access to Ombudsman cases
Lian Buan August 06, 2018

Martires hits the media: ’There is always a limit to that right to information, hindi porke nasa media tayo lahat na lang binubusisi natin o inuusisa natin’

PH literary writers defend press freedom: 'This is not the time to be silent'
Jee Y. Geronimo January 24, 2018

Several literary writers groups speak up after the Securities and Exchange Commission's decision to revoke Rappler's license to operate

From Marcos to Duterte: How media was attacked, threatened
Jodesz Gavilan January 17, 2018

Press freedom is a continuous battle in the Philippines.

The recent move of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is one of the worst since Martial Law.

Vera Files reports cyberattack after publishing story critical of Duterte
Victor Barreiro Jr January 23, 2018

Ellen Tordesillas of Vera Files says their website went down approximately 30 minutes after a story critical of President Rodrigo Duterte went online on their site.

"AboutPhilippines" recommend to read Vera Files daily

CHR urges public to defend press freedom
Sofia Tomacruz January 18, 2018

The CHR says "protecting press freedom means protecting the interest of the people"

18 January 2018 - Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on upholding press freedom in the country

The elephant in the room
Vergel O. Santos January 20, 2018

Indeed, how can Duterte's hand be overlooked in the Rappler affair - it's the elephant in the room!

President Duterte can deny it all he likes, but there's just no way he can dispel the suspicion that he is behind the move to drive the news website Rappler out of business.

NUJP slams cyberattack on Kodao Productions' website
February 02, 2018 is known for covering the peace process between the Philippine government and the NDFP, as well as issues about indigenous peoples, human rights, environmental issues

Allocating press freedom
Vergel O. Santos August 26, 2017

The more the press becomes intimidated, the more Duterte tries to intimidate it. It’s simply the nature of the man, as certified to clinically and as now revealed spectacularly in his presidency.

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Pushing for transparency, keeping public officials in check
Michael Bueza November 03, 2017

It's important to keep an eye on what public officials are up to. Along the way, we also test the government's commitment towards transparency.

Senate OKs bill protecting TV, online, radio journalists
Camille Elemia May 15, 2017

The bill seeks to amend the 70-year old Republic Act 53, also known as the Shield Law, which only protects print journalists from revealing their sources.


Defining journalism in crisis
August 23, 2017

Veteran journalists Tina Monzon-Palma, Cheche Lazaro, and Vergel Santos talk about the challenges of journalism in trying times

'Women journalists more vulnerable to online harassment'
December 15, 2017 - with Video

Award-winning journalist Julie Posetti talks to Rappler about the kinds of online harassment faced by women journalists worldwide.

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End media neutrality
Lisandro E. Claudio October 16, 2017

Want to avoid futile debates about neutrality? Admit your biases upfront. It’s a simple enough solution for individuals, but the news media should consider it as well.

Leloy Claudio: The case for a biased, honest media
November 22, 2017 - with Video
The favorite pejorative against media is “biased.” History teacher Leloy Claudio argues, however, that media neutrality is a myth and news outlets are better off being transparent and honest


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Truth, trust, and democracy in the age of selfies, trolls, and bots

Carly Nyst on patriotic trolling and human rights
Oxford's Nick Monaco on computational propaganda

Truth, trust, and democracy in the age of selfies, trolls, and bots
November 28, 2017
The public forum on 'Truth, Trust, and Democracy in the Age of Selfies, Trolls and Bots' aims to help promote a better understanding of how social media and other digital platforms work.

‘Black propaganda’ under Duterte admin reduced trust in media
November 29, 2017
'So makikita naman natin may effect din ‘yong pagkampanya against us, pagsabi na presstitute ‘yang mga ‘yan, bayaran lahat sila. Hindi naman po totoo,' says CMFR chief Melinda Quintos-de Jesus

‘Why are we so gullible?’ Netizens speak up about truth, trust, democracy
November 29, 2017
In the age of selfies, trolls, and bots, facts matter immensely to the Filipino netizen

Media's role in a post-truth age
Tina Monzon-Palma August 24, 2017 - with Video and FULL Text

Veteran journalist Tina Monzon-Palma says during UP's Gawad Plaridel awarding ceremony: 'How do we remain relevant in an age when truth itself seems to be under assault? The media cannot be timid. Media need not be timid if it sticks to good journalism.'


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Duterte's media security chief: Interview
Pia Ranada November 22, 2017

Presidential Task Force on Media Security head Joel Sy Egco on updates on the Maguindanao massacre case

efforts of the Duterte administration to protect media workers


Gautam Mishra, CEO of Inkl, on the future of news
October 26, 2017 - with Video

In the age of post-truth and fake news, how can journalism stay afloat?

In another effort to fight fake news and to maintain its independence, Rappler recently partnered with Inkl, an Australian startup that aims to be the "Spotify for news."

Using a proprietary algorithm to create the highest quality news environment, Inkl analyzes articles for real news value instead of just what’s trending or what’s popular.

Rappler joins Inkl and world's top news groups in 'Spotify of news'

Whom to trust – journalists or social media stars?
July 17, 2017 - with Video

Who is more inclined towards truth-telling?

Aquino cites 'deafening' silence of media under Duterte
Camille Elemia July 20, 2017

'Why is it that media during our watch complained about the flimsiest and tiniest things and it seems to be a little quiet these days?' former president Benigno Aquino III says.
A year after his self-imposed ban, former president Benigno Aquino III broke his silence, as he cited the Philippine media’s “deafening silence” under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.


Google's Richard Gingras on journalists' emerging challenges
May 3, 2017

Richard Gingras, Google's head of news, sits with Rappler's Maria Ressa to talk about the future of news and civic engagement in a post-truth world


Press Freedom Day in a Post-Truth World
May 1, 2017
How should journalists navigate a post-truth world?

Surveillance, security laws hurting investigative journalism
Carmela Fonbuena May 1, 2017
A massive study produced by UNESCO encourages journalists to train themselves in digital security, educate the public, and advocate for institutional changes

World Press Freedom Day

UN Secretary General's message for World Press Freedom Day 2017
May 02, 2017 - with video

A press under siege
Vergel O. Santos May 05, 2017
Under Duterte’s draconian regime, press freedom in particular is under siege. He keeps shoving it, and it keeps retreating, not even digging in, or defending, much less fighting back.

Despite improvement, PH still one of the most dangerous countries for media
Jodesz Gavilan April 27, 2017
Reporters Without Borders, in its annual World Press Freedom Index, warns President Rodrigo Duterte's insults and open threats against media do 'not bode well'.
Rappler now a member of the International Fact-Checking Network
October 27, 2017
Rappler is one of the 37 organizations worldwide that's part of the International Fact-Checking Network, IFCN at Poynter.
The IFCN at Poynter is a forum for fact checkers worldwide to "support fact-checking initiatives by promoting best practices and exchanges" in the industry. Being a global leader in journalism, Poynter aims to promote excellence in fact-checking through the IFCN.

Duterte tells 'rude' media: Beware of karma
Mar 30, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte called newspaper Philippine Daily Inquirer and television network ABS-CBN "bastos" (rude) for writing supposedly unfair news about him and for supposedly acting for the vested interests of their owners.

NUJP calls out Duterte's 'absolutely twisted' rant against media
March 31, 2017
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines calls Duterte's rant a 'brazen abuse' of his power as chief executive.

#InspireCourage: It's a constant, ready for you to rouse
Marites Dañguilan Vitug November 10, 2016

Whatever environment the threats take place – under a dictatorship or a polarized environment high on impunity – this virtue remains

Presidential task force to give Digos journalist security
Pia Ranada January 23, 2017

Radio journalist Jun Paneiro is reportedly threatened by Davao del Sur governor Douglas Cagas. The task force wants the PNP to give the case 'priority.'

Tempered rage, courage in journalism
Chay F. Hofileña November 11, 2016

It is tempered rage, inspired idealism, and a firm anchor that sustain journalists through the toughest and most trying of times

Citizen journalists and advocates bring technology to communities
David Lozada December 12, 2016
Online platforms and phones are now important tools for advocacies and storytelling.
Technology and social media can change a person's life and his community. A viral photo helped a street child pursue his education. A Facebook post opened up opportunities for children in conflict areas.
Annie Rafio of PHINMA University of Iloilo says she will use her new phone to spread the right information.
Over 5,000 campus journalists say 'no' to fake news
Zak Yuson January 23, 2017

The annual journalism competition for elementary and high school students kicks off in Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur province.

Vergel Santos on “The Censored Press”
July 6, 2016

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Propaganda war: Weaponizing the internet
Maria A. Ressa October 03, 2016

In the Philippines, paid trolls, fallacious reasoning, leaps in logic, poisoning the well – these are only some of the propaganda techniques that have helped shift public opinion on key issues.

Fears grow over jihadist cyber threat
Agence France-Presse Jan 28, 2017
Data pirates and cyber criminals from several countries, often linked to organized crime, offer their services on the darknet
Jihadists have yet to shut down a power grid, paralyze a transport network or banking system or take over a key industrial site from afar, but experts say the threat of such a cyber attack should be taken seriously.

Facebook suspends anti-Marcos journalist's account
Gelo Gonzales November 28, 2016
This causes alarm among writers and journalists as to how critical voices can be easily silenced on the social network.
Writer and activist Inday Espina-Varona was blocked on Facebook on Monday, Nov 28, after reaching out to the social network to raise some issues about online abuse.

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Were you locked out of your account?
Stacy de Jesus November 30, 2016
Several Facebook users were locked out of their accounts recently, and speculations surfaced – among them, possible attempts to hijack or take down accounts, many involved in anti-Marcos protests.

In the Philippines #138 in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index, journalists carry guns and know how to use them because they are in constant danger. From the 2009 Maguindanao massacre to recent execution-style killings, many have been murdered.
Facebook page critical of Duterte and supporters taken down
Gelo Gonzales December 27, 2016
Madam Claudia, an anonymous page known to be critical of Duterte and his staunch supporters, is taken down by Facebook more than once.
A popular Facebook page known for being critical of President Duterte and some of his supporters was taken down on December 24.
The page in question is "Madam Claudia," which at the time of being taken down had more than 40,000 followers.
Filipino journalist's Facebook account hacked
Paige Occeñola December 08, 2016
Manny Mogato's profile and cover photos are changed into pro-Duterte graphics.
Oplan Cyber Tokhang at work?
The Facebook page of Filipino journalist Manny Mogato, who works for Reuters, was hacked on Thursday, December 8. His cover photo was changed into the cover photo used by pro-Duterte Facebook page "Duterte is my President."
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Maguindanao Massacre, election-related violence and media killings, November 23, 2009

ALL the Videos about:
Maguindanao massacre also known as the Ampatuan massacre
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Maguindanao massacre: Ang hatol - The Verdict
Malacañang Palace briefing on Ampatuan Massacre verdict

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Maria Ressa delivers commencement speech at 2019 Columbia Journalism School graduation
Rappler May 23, 2019

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is the commencement speaker at the graduation of Columbia Journalism School's class of 2019. Ressa was also presented the 2019 Columbia Journalism Award.
Video courtesy of the Columbia Journalism School.

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Maria Ressa receives Columbia Journalism Award
Sofia Tomacruz May 24, 2019

God Bless you & Many regards
"A Balikbayan family"

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