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
Often attacks on women online are sexually laden They are meant to demean Men when they get attacked online also get death or physical threats as women do but are spared comments about their bodies or their sexuality
Watch the commemoration of this year s World Press Freedom Day in Jakarta Indonesia
In a post truth world what s the future of news like?
When trolls win everyone including those who support President Duterte loses
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres calls on leaders and citizens to counter misinformation and appeals to end threats to journalists worldwide
UNESCO s communications chief Frank La Rue talks about the value of press freedom at a time when populist leaders and their supporters are attacking the media
UNESCO chief Irina Bokova: Where does the responsibility lie for ensuring that fact based debate is not stifled?
Political leaders and other partisan forces in many democracies – including the United States Poland the Philippines and South Africa – attacked the credibility of independent media and fact based journalism
Trolls – and the massive machineries of hatred that operate them – all become banal in the face of compassion
When policymakers rely less on facts and more on their personal emotions and beliefs they are no more different than quack doctors who blindly give out medical treatments that could turn out to be costly ineffective and even harmful
I can imagine it s not difficult for [Martin Andanar] to have felt legitimized when he was enlisted as newspaper columnist Now he s thinking of legitimizing bloggers as members of the press themselves