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Davao-based journalist arrested for interviewing protesters

Jan 23, 2020 - 5:19 PM

Radyo ni Juan's Glenn Jester Hitgano is arrested after following up on a tip that the protesters were harassed by uniformed men

Publishers fear fact checking isn't enough – report

Jan 10, 2020 - 4:28 PM

The Digital News Project 2020 says that journalists need to call out lies and half-truths, but are concerned that this may not have an impact

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

Dec 11, 2019 - 3:40 PM

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

CrowdTangle rolls out new, better search tool for fact checkers

Dec 07, 2019 - 3:33 PM

The social media monitoring platform makes it easier to search for public posts across Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and Twitter

Journalist dies a month after Sultan Kudarat attack

Dec 04, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Radyo ni Juan manager Benjie Caballero dies after sustaining 5 gunshot wounds in an October 30 attack

Fact or fiction? Memes attack media's reporting on SEA Games 2019

Dec 01, 2019 - 2:45 PM

We set the record straight on posts saying the press is intentionally misleading the public on SEA Games issues

WATCH: Media groups demand 'justice now, convict Ampatuans'

Nov 24, 2019 - 8:29 AM

NUJP, AlterMidya, and other media groups commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre with a mural painting and march

Groups and members of the media commemorate the 10th anniversary of Maguindanao Massacre at the Mehan Garden, Manila on November 23. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Malacañang: We will put an end to attacks on journalists

Nov 23, 2019 - 6:12 PM

In the first 3 years of the Duterte administration, at least 128 threats and attacks against members of the press are recorded

PRESS FREEDOM. Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar vows to put an end to attacks on journalists. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CMFR calls out Duterte gov't on attacks vs press

Nov 23, 2019 - 3:00 PM

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

Photo courtesy of Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication

NUJP chair ‘confident’ Ampatuans will be convicted

Nov 22, 2019 - 7:34 PM

An acquittal, says National Union of Journalists of the Philippines' Nonoy Espina, would have grave implications not just on press freedom but on the electoral process

Multi-stakeholder group launches national plan for safety of journalists

Nov 22, 2019 - 2:29 PM

The Philippine Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists is launched on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre

Rappler Talk: NUJP's Nonoy Espina on the 10th anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre

Nov 22, 2019 - 9:32 AM

What has happened in the 10 years since the Maguindanao massacre?

Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation calls for research proposals

Oct 28, 2019 - 3:18 PM

The research proposal cost can range from P50,000 to P100,000, for projects on understanding disinformation and the solutions offered in relation to democracy

Fact checkers team up against disinformation at U.N. GA

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:01 PM

23 fact-checking organizations from 17 countries work together to spot false and misleading claims during the international event

#2030Now: Only ‘Chernobyl’ can bring democracy back to digital spaces

Sep 23, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Tech entrepreneur Andrew Keen, Google's Irene Jay Liu, and Democracy & Disinformation consortium convenor John Nery discuss solutions to the 'crisis of democracy'

Social Good Summit 2019, Yuchengco Hall, De la Salle University, September 21, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Data shows Senate bill does not fully address 'fake news' problem

Sep 14, 2019 - 10:19 AM

The data shows 42% of the claims checked during the 2019 midterm elections come from the candidates themselves

Indonesian fact-checkers fight disinformation amid internet shutdown

Sep 01, 2019 - 8:49 PM

Fact-checkers grapple with two separate issues causing unrest and disinformation in Indonesia right now: separatism protests and shifting of capital

Facebook’s fact checking program expands to Instagram

Aug 17, 2019 - 6:03 PM

Instagram users can now report suspicious posts shared across the photo and video-sharing platform

Turkish fact checker becomes target of disinformation

Aug 15, 2019 - 1:32 PM

A right-wing politician claims that the founder of Teyit.org is the son of the leader of a far-left political organization

#FactsMatterPH shortlisted in Online Journalism Award

Aug 14, 2019 - 6:53 PM

Rappler's #FactsMatterPH project, which focuses on fact-checking efforts and data-driven investigations on social media and disinformation with community engagement, is a finalist in the 2019 Gather Award in Engaged Journalism

Some news sites unintentionally collecting info for third parties – study

Jun 09, 2019 - 7:40 PM

A study published by the Center for International Media Assistance says that 15% of website cookies in the global south have no identifiable ownership

International committee begins talks on data privacy, disinformation

May 28, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg do not attend the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy, and Democracy despite being summoned by the Canadian Parliament

HIGHLIGHTS: World Press Freedom Day 2019 activities in the Philippines

May 04, 2019 - 5:40 PM

These events are being organized against the backdrop of attacks on press freedom, which have escalated in the Philippines in recent months

Youth groups conduct quick reaction mobilization to condemn the sudden arrest of Rappler's Maria Ressa and continous threats of the Duterte government against the right to press freedom at University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Singapore fake-news bill raises fears of censorship

May 04, 2019 - 12:21 PM

According to Singapore’s draft law, ministers get to decide without any judicial review what online content is true or false simply if it offends them. Other countries may do the same

Visual by Gogi Kamushadze/Coda Story


Philippine media 'under siege' as it commemorates World Press Freedom Day

May 03, 2019 - 6:49 PM

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'

Members of alternative media and human rights organizations stage a rally in front of the Department of National Defense headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City to deplore the continued harassment of media organizations critical of the government. The protest coincides with the celebration of world press freedom today. May 3, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan

Over 100 attacks vs journalists since Duterte assumed office – monitor

May 03, 2019 - 6:05 PM

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

ATTACKS MAPPED. Luis Teodoro leads the presentation of data on attacks against members of the press at the press freedom forum organized by the Freedom for Media, Freedom for All Network. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Foreign-funded? Journalists hit back, say gov't gets funds from China

May 03, 2019 - 1:49 PM

On World Press Freedom Day, journalists point out that the government's own media apparatus gets huge funding from China

VETERAN JOURNALISTS. A panel of leading journalists assembles as a panel in the press freedom forum organized by the Freedom for Media Freedom for All network on World Press Freedom Day. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

FOCAP urges journalists to close ranks behind press freedom

May 03, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'This is not a time to bend and shrink,' says the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines on World Press Freedom Day

Journalism is a crime in a fake world

May 03, 2019 - 8:27 AM

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

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A ban on Duterte

May 03, 2019 - 7:33 AM

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

UK, Canada underscore role of free press in fostering democracies

Apr 30, 2019 - 10:14 AM

'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

WATCH: Media Freedom and Responsibility Forum

Apr 29, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Bookmark this page to watch Pahayag: A Forum on Media Freedom and Responsibility on Monday, April 29

Digital news media innovate through fighting disinformation – study

Apr 09, 2019 - 6:23 PM

A study by Reuters and Oxford focuses on Rappler, the Daily Maverick in South Africa, and The Quint in India

Warnings to journalists blur Twitter’s transparency in Pakistan

Feb 23, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Scores of prominent Pakistani journalists and activists have received email warnings from Twitter informing them their tweets are in violation of Pakistan’s laws. The consequences for press freedoms could be dire.

TWITTER IN PAKISTAN. Image by Nika Kobaidze

Thai princess's political move raises questions over insult law

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Here are some facts about lese majeste law, or section 112 of the criminal code, as it is known in Thailand

PRINCESSS UBOLRATANA. This picture taken on March 24, 2010 shows Thai Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya visiting the Thailand pavilion at the Hong Kong Entertainment Expo. Photo by Mike CLARKE/AFP

Facebook to invest $300 million in local journalism

Jan 15, 2019 - 10:55 PM

'People want more local news, and local newsrooms are looking for more support. That's why today we're announcing an expanded effort around local news in the years ahead,' says Campbell Brown, Facebook's vice president in charge of global news partnerships in a blog post.

Philippines deadliest country for journalists in Southeast Asia – IFJ

Dec 21, 2018 - 5:29 PM

The International Federation of Journalists report celebrates the resilience of Filipino journalists, saying they 'remain just as jealously protective of their rights and freedoms'

Journalists become increasing 'targets' for killings – watchdog

Dec 19, 2018 - 2:31 PM

The Committee to Protect Journalists says 34 of the 53 journalists killed on duty this year around the world were 'singled out for murder'

What makes societies susceptible to disinformation?

Dec 17, 2018 - 12:11 PM

Disinformation is one of the key trends in media in 2018 – here's what could make a society more vulnerable to it than others

Fake news, real women: Disinformation gone macho

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:52 AM

When disinformation is weaponized against women, misogyny rears its ugly head

When journalists become the story: Attacks against media in 2018

Dec 14, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Cases of intimidation and violence against journalists continue to spread with the 'climate of hatred' that has persisted against journalism globally


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

Nov 13, 2018 - 6:44 PM

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

Maria Ressa receives journalism award, appeals to tech giants, government officials

Nov 09, 2018 - 1:17 PM

'Consider making the same tough business decisions our little company made to protect the public sphere and to ensure democracy survives,' Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa says after accepting the Knight International Journalism Award in Washington, DC

Maria Ressa receives the 2018 Knight International Journalism Award in Washington, DC. Screenshots courtesy of ICFJ

Myanmar's truth defenders: Who are journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo?

Sep 18, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Aside from their investigation into Myanmar's military crackdown in Rakhine, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have extensively covered other human rights issues in the country before

JAILED. The two Reuters journalists face 7 years in prison after allegedly obtaining classified documents illegally. Wa Lone photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP, Kyaw Soe Oo photo by Aung Kyaw Htet/AFP.

Journalism is in a tough place, but it's better than ever too – Oxford professor

Sep 10, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Journalism is more diverse, accessible, and more informative than ever, says Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, the Director of Research for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University

RASMUS NIELSEN. The director of research the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism acknowledges the need to find new business models, and ensure editorial independence while remaining sustainable. Screenshot from Rappler video


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

Journalists on fighting fake news: Be more discerning, take a stand

Apr 24, 2018 - 9:31 AM

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

Why the media is a key dimension of global inequality

Feb 17, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The story of expanding global media networks is often told as if they spread freedom everywhere, liberally and evenly. But when we ask freedom for whom, the tale gets more complex.

Global media systems cannot effectively contribute to social progress until opportunities are more widely shared. Internet.org by Facebook/Facebook

Does the Campus Journalism Act protect press freedom?

Jan 31, 2018 - 3:31 PM

Press freedom advocates argue that the Campus Journalism Act has, in itself, flaws that compromise press freedom

CAMPUS PRESS. Campus journalists from CEGP urge media practioners to unite and defend press freedom on January 17, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Surveillance, security laws hurting investigative journalism

May 01, 2017 - 9:08 PM

A massive study produced by UNESCO encourages journalists to train themselves in digital security, educate the public, and advocate for institutional changes

Screenshot of the cover page of the UNESCO study