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U.S. judge orders White House to restore CNN reporter's access

Nov 17, 2018 - 12:45 AM

A federal judge issues a temporary restraining order that requires the White House to restore CNN reporter Jim Acosta's access based on 'due process'

US President Donald Trump (R) gets into a heated exchange with CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (C) as NBC correspondent Peter Alexander (L) looks on during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

Bangladesh photographer detained during protests gets bail

Nov 15, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Bangladesh court grants bail to award-winning photographer-activist Shahidul Alam after spending more than 100 days behind bars

BAIL GRANTED. File photo of renowned Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam.  AFP Photo

CNN sues White House over barring of reporter

Nov 13, 2018 - 11:04 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The news network says the 'wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta's First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process.'

CONFRONTATION. In this file photo taken on November 7, 2018 US President Donald Trump gets into a heated exchange with CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Journalists, media groups and advocates slam 'attempt to silence Rappler'

Nov 13, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Media groups and press freedom advocates express support for Maria Ressa and Rappler as the company faces yet another legal battle

#MoveCDO participants vow to stop disinformation

Sep 09, 2018 - 3:32 PM

Check out the pledges of Northern Mindanao students after #MoveCDO

#MoveCDO attendees use truth and fact checking as the foundation for their pledge to join the fight against disinformation.

USC students pledge to fight disinformation, defend press freedom

Aug 31, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Attendees of the #MoveCebu: Social good in the digital age workshop pledge to hold the line

PDEA restricts Rappler coverage access after story on P6.8-B shabu

Aug 18, 2018 - 6:51 AM

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

Court of Appeals to SEC: Give Rappler corrective period

Jul 27, 2018 - 10:12 AM

(5th UPDATE) CA denies Rappler's petition for review, but reminds the SEC that in the past it had 'pursued a policy that the revocation of the certificate of registration should be the last resort'

Rappler press conference on SEC registration on January 15, 2018

[OPINION] Malacañang reaps fruits of tireless attacks on press freedom

May 11, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The government cannot just trample on press freedom and get away with it

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, April 30-May 6, 2018

May 06, 2018 - 11:39 AM

Here are the must-watch videos this week!

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Executive Order which prohibits illegal contractualization while delivering his speech during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Jessica Soho and Mike Enriquez on why journalism matters

May 04, 2018 - 1:00 PM

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

[OPINION] Speak truth to power, keep power in check

May 03, 2018 - 3:19 PM

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

On World Press Freedom Day, rights groups urge public to support journalists

May 03, 2018 - 1:14 PM

This year's celebration of the global event comes amid continuing attacks against the Philippine press, says Human Rights Watch

WATCH: Campus journalists on why press freedom matters

May 03, 2018 - 12:00 PM

In this video for World Press Freedom Day 2018, campus journalists from different universities in Metro Manila share with Rappler their thoughts on the importance of campus journalism and press freedom

WATCH: Makinig. Magbasa. Magmasid. Mag-isip.

May 03, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Philippine media groups ABS-CBN News, the CMFR, the NUJP, the PCIJ, Rappler, and the SunStar group launch an animated video that encourages people to read more, listen more, and consume news from diverse sources.

Rappler partners with UNESCO, global news groups for World Press Freedom Day 2018

May 03, 2018 - 7:30 AM

This worldwide campaign aims to bring together media groups from different countries and regions to support free and independent media

Journalists on press freedom: Be afraid, but do the job

May 02, 2018 - 5:15 PM

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

[OPINION] What does it even mean to be free?

May 02, 2018 - 3:04 PM

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

World Press Freedom Day 2018

May 01, 2018 - 12:48 PM

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’

[OPINION] Marcos and Duterte: Strongmen’s changing playbook

Apr 30, 2018 - 1:00 PM

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

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Bakit takot sa media ang mga diktador?

Apr 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

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

Journalist Ed Lingao: 'You have to fight back'

Apr 23, 2018 - 12:30 PM

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

Reporter Pia Ranada: 'If I can be targeted, so can any one else who is critical'

Apr 16, 2018 - 9:51 AM

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

Photographer Ezra Acayan: 'I am human first before I am a journalist'

Apr 09, 2018 - 11:29 AM

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

When Philippine media is threatened

Mar 29, 2018 - 2:07 PM

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

Cyber libel investigation vs Rappler starts rolling at DOJ

Mar 27, 2018 - 6:58 PM

Complainant Wilfredo Keng is given until April 10 to subscribe to his complaint in the presence of a public prosecutor

Rappler to Malacañang: Don't use power to obstruct

Feb 20, 2018 - 6:55 PM

We encourage the government to answer these uncomfortable questions and avoid using its immense power to obstruct and harass

#DefendPressFreedom: Media under attack

Jan 30, 2018 - 9:17 PM

A compilation of stories and opinion about threats to the Philippine media

In FB post, 'Citizen Jake' expresses support for Rappler, press freedom

Jan 24, 2018 - 7:17 PM

'Having lived through the Marcos regime, I thought I had seen the worst that an abusive government can do to its own people,' says director Mike de Leon

SC allows columnist to pursue counterclaim vs Enrile in libel case

Jan 24, 2018 - 12:14 PM

'The Supreme Court ruling is a victory for press freedom,' says Yolanda Ong's lawyer Jose Manuel Diokno

COUNTERCLAIM. The Supreme Court allows columnist Yolanda Ong to pursue her P88 million counterclaim against Juan Ponce Enrile.

Netizens speak out for press freedom on Black Friday

Jan 20, 2018 - 1:46 PM

Netizens say the government's moves to stifle free speech will only produce more courageous journalists, as #BlackFridayForPressFreedom trends on Twitter

Suppressing media is suppressing people's demands – progressive groups, advocates

Jan 19, 2018 - 9:30 PM

'Isa itong senyas na natatakot na ang Duterte regime sa mga mamamahayag dahil nabibisto sila sa karumdumal na ginagawa,' says Block Marcos spokesperson Lorenzo de Vera

DEFEND PRESS FREEDOM. Several groups joined the mass action in Quezon City to defend press freedom. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Memes help spark movement to defend press freedom in PH

Jan 16, 2018 - 8:56 PM

For the creators of the protest signs, the SEC order to revoke Rappler's registration curtails press freedom and freedom of expression