WATCH: Rappler, UPLB hold #FactsMatterPH forum in Laguna
WATCH: Rappler, UPLB hold #FactsMatterPH forum in Laguna
Tickets to the public forum are free, but seats are limited. Register now!

MANILA, Philippines – What can be done to combat the use of digital platforms to undermine and weaken democracies? How can ordinary citizens take part in preventing the spread of disinformation online?

These are some of the questions that the forum “Disinformation and Online Threats to Press Freedom and Democracy” intends to answer.

As algorithms take over, unverified and inaccurate content proliferate and influence critical decisions.

This poses a problem as algorithms shape a significant part of public conversation spaces. Very few people understand how they influence conversations that shape public opinion, policies, and eventually, how countries are governed.

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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.

The forum will be held on April 23 at the New College of Arts and Sciences Auditorium in UPLB. The program starts at 8 am.

Tickets to the forum are free, but seats are limited. Register below to secure your tickets now.

Here is the program:

Time Activity
8:15 – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 – 9:15 am

Welcome remarks
Professor Dwight Diestro
Chair, UPLB-CAS Department of Social Sciences


9:15 – 10:00 am

Fake News and Other Threats to Press Freedom
Marites Vitug
Editor-at-large, Rappler

Stacy de Jesus
Unit Head of Digital Communications and MovePH, Rappler

10:00 – 10:30 am

Press Freedom and Democracy
Dabet Castañeda-Panelo
Secretary General, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines


10:30-11:00 am  Panel discussion: Situation of the national/local press
  • Campus Journalists
  • Community Journalists

Moderated by:
Raisa Serafica
Unit Head of Civic Engagement, Rappler


11:00 – 11:15 am

Open Forum


11:15 – 11:30 am

Closing Remarks
Professor Kabzeel Sheba Catapang
Chair, UPLB-CDC Department of Development Journalism



The forum will be attended by at least 250 campus journalists, student organization leaders, school paper advisers, and other stakeholders to help them understand the nature of digital platforms and spark a conversation around opportunities and threats to journalism and democracy in these trying times.

An invite-only workshop on fact-checking and responsible use of social media for social good will also be held at the College of Development Communication Lecture Room 1 (CDC-LR1) at 1 pm. –