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‘Ginawa nila akong kriminal’: Margarita Valle slams police for mistaken arrest

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Margarita Valle's abduction, according to various media groups, is an attempt to silence journalists

Mindanao-based journalist Margarita Valle, who was “mistakenly arrested” by the authorities in Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro City, face the media in Quezon City on June 12, 2019. She narrated her ordeal with the CIDG personnel who served the warrant of arrest. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mistaken identity? Journalist Margarita Valle 'clear state target,' says family

Jun 11, 2019 - 12:55 PM

'Our mother's ordeal in the hands of CIDG was a clear example of the vicious pattern of state forces of attacks against journalists, dissenters, and human rights defenders,' says the Valle family

'STATE TARGET'. The family of Margarita Fores, shown here detained at Camp Abelon in Pagadian City, says police violated the human rights of the Davao-based journalist. Photo courtesy of the Valle family

CIDG apologizes to Davao journalist arrested by mistake

Jun 10, 2019 - 8:29 PM

'We do realize that we should have heeded your call regarding your identity from the start and have released you at the airport,' the CIDG says in a statement

CHR: Mistaken arrest of Davao columnist 'puts into question' PNP guidelines

Jun 10, 2019 - 6:10 PM

'Considering the current climate of impunity and growing reports of harassment and red-tagging, cases of mistaken identity raise doubts and fears,' says the Commission on Human Rights

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'We will hold CIDG accountable' – Rius Valle on mother's mistaken arrest

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:51 PM

(UPDATED) The arrest of journalist Margarita Valle, which the police later claims was a case of mistaken identity, is a botched enforced disappearance, Rius Valle says

RIUS VALLE. Rius Valle, spokesperson of Save Our Schools - Mindanao shows photos of when military attacked Lumad ancestral lands. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'It happens': PNP downplays wrong arrest of Davao journalist

Jun 10, 2019 - 1:07 PM

‘Kung minsan nagkakamali yung nagtuturo especially the complainant,’ says PNP chief Oscar Albayalde after cops mistook 61-year-old Davao Today columnist Margarita Valle for a wanted criminal

WRONG ARREST. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says informants and complainants make mistakes in identifying suspects. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Davao Today columnist Margarita Valle arrested at Laguindingan Airport

Jun 09, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Police serve 61-year-old journalist Margarita Valle with warrants for alleged murder, destruction of government property, and arson, which her son says are 'trumped-up charges'

NUJP hails 'show of unity' of Cagayan de Oro journalists against red-tagging

May 28, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Media groups in Cagayan de Oro destroy a streamer red-tagging organizations, which was hung by unidentified persons on the first day of the city's Press Freedom Week

APPROPRIATE. Several groups and individuals burn a streamer red-tagging various journalists and human rights groups in Cagayan de Oro City on Monday, May 27. Photo from National Union of Journalists of the Philippines Facebook Page

PODCAST: Duterte's diagrams and his war vs critical media

May 28, 2019 - 9:35 AM

In this podcast, we explain the unfolding saga of the 'ouster plot' diagrams where President Rodrigo Duterte accuses journalists of trying to unseat him

ABS-CBN journalists, staff go on social media to show support for network

May 24, 2019 - 4:49 PM

Remembering their journey as part of the media network, members of the ABS-CBN family post the company's 65th anniversary logo on their social media pages, along with their tribute to the company

Duterte blasts 'Western-funded' media, hits 'professional twisters'

May 13, 2019 - 7:39 PM

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'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte answers queries from members of the media after casting his vote for the midterm elections at the Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School in Davao City on May 13, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Cebu City police prevent journalists from interviewing detained suspects

May 08, 2019 - 9:20 PM

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

AT ODDS. Combo photo of Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña and Cebu City chief Police Colonel Royina Garma. Rappler photos

Conspiracy diagrams show new level of ‘idiocy, incompetence’

May 08, 2019 - 5:12 PM

Journalists and candidates blast the new set of diagrams from Malacañang that seek to lump them together in one conspiracy to discredit President Duterte

NEW DIAGRAMS. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo presents a new set of diagrams alleging a 'conspiracy' to discredit the Duterte administration. RTVM screenshot

Groups hit 'pattern of attacks' against democratic institutions

May 08, 2019 - 1:43 PM

'Papatayin nila ang demokrasya kaya anyone who helps in strengthening democracy...sisirain nila kasi media is one of the pillars of democracy,' says Vera Files president Ellen Tordesillas

TRUE MATRIX. Some of the individuals linked to the so-called "Oust-Duterte matrix" gathered at the University of the Philippines Diliman for a forum organized by the Third World Studies Center on Tuesday, May 7. Photo by Kurt Dela Peña/Rappler

News anchor Erwin Tulfo declared persona non grata in Dapitan

May 08, 2019 - 7:30 AM

While campaigning for the party-list group ACT-CIS in Dapitan City, Tulfo made remarks about the city that offended the locals

UNANIMOUS. All Dapitan City councilors vote in favor of a resolution declaring news anchor Erwin Tulfo an 'undesirable person' during their session on May 7, 2019. Rappler photo

Ilonggos appeal for expansion of fact-checking efforts to provinces

May 05, 2019 - 10:05 PM

At the #MoveIloilo: Social Good in the Digital Age forum, local groups discuss how to counter disinformation

DISCUSSION. Francis Allan Angelo, the Editor in Chief of the Daily Guardian, talks during a panel discussion of #MoveIloilo: Social Good in the Digital Age on April 29. Photo by Rachel Beatizula/Rappler

Advocates band together in unity event for World Press Freedom Day

May 04, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Advocates and journalists take to the stage to voice out relevant issues in the Philippines through a concert to commemorate World Press Freedom Day

TRUTH. Artist Mae Paner encourages the public to fight lies during the freedom festival jam commemorating World Press Freedom Day on May 3. Photo by Jillian Siervo/Rappler

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

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

FALSE: Mainstream media 'did not report' about Marawi temporary shelters

May 01, 2019 - 5:43 PM

(UPDATED) A quick search shows that various news groups in the Philippines wrote about Marawi's temporary shelters

TV, newspaper journalists join Rappler petition vs Duterte coverage ban

Apr 30, 2019 - 11:51 AM

(UPDATED) At least 41 journalists from different media organizations intervene in a Supreme Court petition to end President Rodrigo Duterte's coverage ban against Rappler

PETITION FOR INTERVENTION. Lawyer Ted Te talks to the media after a group of journalists filed a petition for intervention before the Supreme Court on April 30, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

MISLEADING: Media did not report on construction of Isabela's landmark bridge

Apr 29, 2019 - 8:46 PM

A Google search reveals that 'BusinessWorld' reported about the progress of Isabela's landmark bridge project in 2018

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Ang pantasya ng 'matrix' ni Duterte

Apr 29, 2019 - 10:15 AM

Ngayong Press Freedom Day, iwaksi ang mga kampon ng kasinungalingan

PH media face 'oppressive, alarming' conditions – global group

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:35 PM

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

STATE OF MEDIA. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) holds a press conference in Manila on April 16, 2019, on its findings on the state of Philippine media. Photo by Rappler

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

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:28 PM

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

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:26 PM

(UPDATED) 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

COURT OF LAST RESORT. The Supreme Court in Padre Faure, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

ABS-CBN, GMA: Drug-free policy in place

Apr 02, 2019 - 8:39 AM

The statement comes amid allegations that celebrities are part of the so-called narco-list

Cyberattack vs alternative media traced to PH-based attacker

Mar 30, 2019 - 4:16 PM

The attacker is Philippine-based, is likely a native Mandarin speaker, and uses the Telegram name 'P4p3r,' says a report by Swedish nonprofit Qurium

Alternative media groups file civil case amid cyberattacks

Mar 29, 2019 - 6:53 PM

'The magnitude, scope, and scale of the cyberattacks suggest that they were targeted, deliberate, and organized,' the complaint reads

Journalists, groups decry ‘judicial harassment’ after arrest of Maria Ressa

Mar 29, 2019 - 2:13 PM

(UPDATED) Media and various groups describe the string of cases and complaints against Maria Ressa and Rappler as selective justice at work

Baguio journalists urge youth to help fight disinformation

Mar 13, 2019 - 1:25 PM

'In the battle for truth, truth is your only weapon,' says Kimberlie Quitasol, Editor-in-Chief of the 'Northern Dispatch'

AGAINST DISINFORMATION. Rappler reporter Ralf Rivas, along with Baguio journalists Kimberlie Quitasol, Diwa Donato, and Frank Cimatu are the panelists at #MoveBaguio: Social Good in the Digital Age forum on March 8, 2019 at Saint Louis University. Screenshot from Rappler video

Court of Appeals denies Rappler appeal in SEC case

Mar 11, 2019 - 9:06 AM

The court stands by its previous ruling ordering the Securities and Exchange Commission to review its closure order vs Rappler

DENIED. The Court of Appeals denies Rappler's motion for partial reconsideration on its foreign control issues. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Journalists urged not to aid trial by publicity over narco list

Mar 07, 2019 - 7:54 PM

‘Government, media can’t play fast, loose with due process and rule of law,’ says the statement of journalists and media organizations on list of alleged ‘narco politicians’

Laguna newspaper out to prove print is not dying

Mar 05, 2019 - 3:57 PM

While newspapers are moving online, a media start-up in Laguna ventures into the print business

GMA Network workers hope to inspire others to 'fight for their rights'

Feb 27, 2019 - 9:58 AM

With its latest victory at the Court of Appeals, the Talents Association of GMA Network calls on fellow industry workers 'to not be scared, and to not give up'

ANOTHER VICTORY. The Talents Association of GMA (TAG) welcomes another victory on their regularization case against broadcast giant GMA Network. File photo by Faye Sales

Robredo: Maria Ressa, Bishop David prove human rights worth fighting for

Feb 26, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo praises Rappler CEO Maria Ressa for her 'revolutionary' resilience and Bishop Pablo David for his compassion

KA PEPE DIOKNO AWARDS. (From L-R): DLSU president Brother Armin Luistro, ex-president Noynoy Aquino, UP professor Randy David, Vice President Leni Robredo, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, DLSU Chancellor Brother Bernie Oca, and DLSU College of Law founding dean Chel Diokno. Photo from OVP

Maria Ressa, Bishop David receive Ka Pepe Diokno Human Rights Awards

Feb 26, 2019 - 2:20 PM

(UPDATED) Bishop Pablo David does not attend the awarding ceremony after receving a number of death threats in the past week

FREEDOM FIGHTER. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa delivers her speech during the Ka Pepe Diokno Human Rights Awards. Screenshot by Rappler

GMA Network workers win regularization case at Court of Appeals

Feb 26, 2019 - 1:50 PM

'After review of the records, we reach the conclusion that the private respondents are regular employees of petitioner GMA,' says the CA’s Special 14th Division

CANDLE-LIGHTING. Candles are lit and prayers offered to raise awareness on widespread contractualization in the country. Photo by Faye Sales


LIST: Cases vs Maria Ressa, Rappler directors, staff since 2018

Feb 25, 2019 - 8:18 PM

(2nd UPDATE) It's a total of 11 complaints and cases as of March 2019

CASES. Rappler, Maria Ressa and other reporters face a total of 10 cases in both the courts, prosecutors and the BIR. Photos by Charles Salazar and Martin San Diego/ Rappler

[OPINION] Valentine's gift from Willy Keng

Feb 24, 2019 - 9:15 AM

There's a new twist to the Keng story

Rights group, journalists denounce recent red-tagging in Cagayan de Oro

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:27 PM

An unknown person distributed the list to journalists during a human rights forum in Cagayan de Oro City on Friday, February 22

Cebu’s Gwen Garcia accuses media of being influenced by rival Magpale

Feb 22, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The news reports by ABS-CBN, GMA, and Rappler don't mention Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, but Garcia attributes them to her rival in the Cebu's gubernatorial race

GRAFT CASES. Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwen Garcia faces trial for two counts of graft and one count of technical malversation over an alleged anomalous purchase of a property submerged in water when she was governor of Cebu. Photo courtesy of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia Media Affairs

Duterte supporters call for attacks on Rappler newsroom, journalists

Feb 22, 2019 - 6:14 PM

'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

Makati Business Club expresses concern over Maria Ressa’s arrest

Feb 22, 2019 - 1:29 AM

'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

Princeton alumni, students call for end to 'intimidation campaign' vs Maria Ressa

Feb 21, 2019 - 1:30 PM

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

STOP HARRASMENT. Princeton graduates call for an end to the 'clear intimidation campaign' the Philippine government has mounted against fellow alumni Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler, NUJP ask Duterte to lift coverage ban

Feb 20, 2019 - 7:34 PM

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

One year banned from President Duterte’s events

Feb 20, 2019 - 7:00 PM

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.