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Rappler Talk: Emily Lau on the future of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement

Dec 03, 2019 - 2:00 PM

On Tuesday, December 3, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks with former Hong Kong politician Emily Lau to discuss how different the pro-democracy movement is now from before and how she sees the current protests ending

Rappler Talk: Arnold Chung on impact of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement

Dec 02, 2019 - 2:00 PM

On Monday, December 2, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to activist Arnold Chung to discuss what Hong Kong's election results mean to the pro-democracy movement

China summons U.S. envoy, urges not to implement Hong Kong law

Nov 28, 2019 - 3:29 PM

(UPDATED) Chinese vice foreign minister Le Yucheng lodges a 'strong protest' with US Ambassador Terry Branstad after President Donald Trump signs the law supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement

Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng attends the Universal Periodic Review of China before the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on November 6, 2018 in Geneva. China's mass detainment of ethnic Uighurs and its crackdown on civil liberties will likely figure high on the agenda when countries meet at the UN in Geneva to review Beijing's rights record. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

Trump signs law supporting Hong Kong protesters

Nov 28, 2019 - 9:06 AM

The US president at first seemed reluctant to sign the bill, but with almost unanimous US congressional support for the measure, he has little political room to maneuver

FREE. Grafitti which reads 'Free HK' is seen on the ground at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 27, 2019, over a week after police surrounded the building while protesters were still barricaded inside. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China summons US ambassador over Hong Kong rights bill

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:40 AM

The legislation 'brazenly interferes in China's internal affairs,' says China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

HONG KONG PROTEST. Demonstrators chant slogans as they attend a pro-democracy rally in a shopping mall in Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on November 21, 2019. Photo by  Philip Fong / AFP

Hong Kong elections showed 'great spirit', says dissident artist

Nov 26, 2019 - 12:49 AM

'I think that great spirit was shown.... That's how powerful democracy is,' says Badiucao, an Australia-based Chinese dissident artist

'Bulletproof' China-backed site attacks Hong Kong democracy activists

Nov 01, 2019 - 4:09 PM

From high-profile activists to journalists and lawmakers, about 200 people seen as supporting Hong Kong's protest movement have been 'doxxed' – had their personal details posted online – by the site HK Leaks

MASKED PROTEST. A man holds a flag that reads 'Liberate Hong Kong Revolution of our times' in the Lan Kwai Fong area during Halloween in Hong Kong on October 31, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

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

When the High Court looks for compromises

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:16 PM

Are we in a better place?

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.S. House passes Hong Kong 'Democracy Act'

Oct 16, 2019 - 10:59 AM

The act now moves to a similar vote in the Senate before it can become law

BEFORE CONGRESS. Joshua Wong (L), secretary-general of Hong Kong's Demosisto party and leader of the "Umbrella Movement" and Denise Ho, pro-Democracy activist and Cantopop singer testify before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China about the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, on September 17, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Olivier Douliery / AFP

Pepe the protest frog? Hong Kong kids aren't alt-right

Oct 05, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Pepe the Frog's embrace by Hong Kongers is the latest bizarre twist in the fate of a cartoon character who went from relative internet obscurity to international notoriety

A woman wears a “Pepe the Frog" headband during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong on September 30, 2019. Millions have hit the streets during nearly four months of pro-democracy protests, and hardcore activists have repeatedly clashed with police, in the biggest challenge to China's rule since the city's handover from Britain in 1997. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

'We fear Hong Kong will become just another Chinese city': An interview with Martin Lee

Oct 05, 2019 - 9:00 AM

'We’re proving that Beijing’s power is not invincible or inevitable. We’re demonstrating that failure is not falling down but refusing to stand up,' says Martin Lee, affectionately known as the 'grandfather of Hong Kong democracy'

'GRANDFATHER OF HONG KONG DEMOCRACY'. Barrister and former lawmaker Martin Lee speaks following a silent march against what lawyers and members of the election committee's legal sector claim is political persecution by the Secretary for Justice, while demanding an independent inquiry into the anti-extradition law crisis, in Hong Kong on August 7, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

[OPINION] The role of America's social media platforms in the battle for truth

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:00 PM

‘This is an existential moment in time, where, if we don’t take the right steps forward, democracy as we know it is dead’

FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT. Maria Ressa at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Hamburg 25. Photo from GIJC Facebook by Nick Jaussi/nickjaussi.com

[OPINION] Martial law 'a tool to save democracy'? A response to Panelo's claims

Sep 29, 2019 - 10:20 PM

The more I read Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo's statements, the more they come off as insults to the victims and survivors of Martial Law. Panelo justifies both the butcher and his knife.

#2030NOW: Disinformation interventions beyond literacy

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:52 PM

The problem of disinformation requires solutions that look at the root of what makes people susceptible to them in the first place

SGS 2019 Digital huddle. September 21, 2019.

IBP president: We have more democratic space now

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:07 PM

'With technology and the reality that we have more democratic space, the less afraid we should be,' says IBP national president Domingo Egon Cayosa

IBP PRESIDENT. Domingo "Egon" Cayosa is the national president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. Photo by Rappler

Sedition case vs Robredo, opposition figures part of Duterte's 'authoritarian experiment' – De Lima

Aug 25, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima believes the sedition case filed by the administration against Vice President Leni Robredo and her allies is 'a cog in [the] game plan to silence' democratic opposition

Senator Leila De Lima is seen after attend a hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court in Muntinlupa City on 9 August 2019.  Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

[OPINION] Political dynasties: Impossibility of democracy

Aug 24, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The oligarchy that we have refuses to abolish itself through Congress that it controls through its political dynasties, rendering it continually impossible for democracy in our country

Rival Hong Kong democracy and pro-China rallies in Canada

Aug 18, 2019 - 7:01 PM

Demonstrators from both camps square off in front of a metro station in the western city of Vancouver, home to a large Chinese community, with the crowds separated by police

Outraged Hong Kong civil servants voice rare dissent

Aug 01, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Multiple open letters have been signed by hundreds of anonymous Hong Kong civil servants in the past week condemning the administration of city leader Carrie Lam and the police

Protesters gather outside Kwai Chung police station in support of protesters detained with the charge of rioting during recent clashes in Hong Kong on July 30, 2019.  ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Tensions high as Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters face court

Jul 31, 2019 - 1:29 PM

The announcement on Tuesday night that 44 people had been charged with rioting immediately triggers another round of clashes between police and protesters

THE PROTESTS GO ON. Demonstrators gather outside the Eastern district court in Hong Kong on July 31, 2019, in support of protesters who have been charged with rioting during recent clashes with police.   Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Does Duterte fulfill the dictator criteria? This book can help us find out

Jul 20, 2019 - 10:00 AM

'How Democracies Die' by Levitsky and Ziblatt identifies signs of a budding authoritarian and steps they take to subvert democracies. How does Rodrigo Duterte measure up to their criteria?

Groups call on gov't to assert Hague ruling 3 years after victory

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:49 PM

Protests with calls to defend the Philippines' sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea mark the 3rd anniversary of the Hague ruling

Protesters on Friday, July 12, burn a Chinese flag to condemn China's harassment against the Philippines in forcibly reclaiming parts of the West Philippine Sea. Today was the third anniversary of the Philippines' historic victory against China in The Hague. Photo by John Philip Bravo/Rappler

Mitsotakis becomes Greece's new PM on vow to end economic crisis

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The 51-year-old Harvard graduate and former McKinsey consultant has pledged to create jobs and get rid of obstacles to business

SWORN IN. Greece's newly elected Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (L) is sworn-in at the presidential palace in Athens on July 8, 2019. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

[OPINION] Before it breaks down, we need to keep constitutional order

Jun 28, 2019 - 10:00 AM

There are neither absolute rights nor absolute powers in the constitutional order. And a society which fails to observe these norms will ultimately decay from anarchy or atrophy.

LIST: 2019 Pride activities

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:16 PM

How will you celebrate Pride? Here's a running list of activities you can do for the conclusion of Pride Month.

Halfway mark: Duterte presidency 'domineering' challenge to PH democracy

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:22 PM

While quelling dissent could be 'efficient' for a president who wants to get things done, political science expert Aries Arugay says democracy is also about checks and balance

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 121st Philippine Navy Anniversary at the Commodore Rudiardo A. Brown Beaching Area (CRABBA), Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Cavite City on June 17, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

WATCH: International Grand Committee hearing on big data, privacy, and democracy

May 28, 2019 - 8:34 PM

Watch the stream live on Rappler

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

Discussing platforms on Facebook didn't matter in 2019 polls – study

May 24, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The study also finds that promoting previous legislative work and platforms had very little impact on winnability

SENATORIAL POSTSCRIPT. A study dives into the Facebook environment during the 2019 elections.

Rappler team portfolio shortlisted in Data Journalism Awards 2019

May 21, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Rappler's series of data stories on social media, disinformation, and democracy is shortlisted for Best data journalism team portfolio (Large newsroom)

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong sent back to jail

May 17, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Wong, who was 17 when the Umbrella Movement protests began, is ordered to return to jail to serve a reduced sentence of two months

Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong speaks to the media in front of the high court in Hong Kong on May 16, 2019, before judgement is handed down on his appeal of a three-month jail term received for contempt of court during the clearance of Mong Kok at the 2014 occupy protests. Prominent Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong was sent back to prison on May 16 after he lost an attempt to appeal a jail sentence over his leadership of huge democracy protests five years ago. Isaac LAWRENCE / AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Ito na ba ang kamatayan ng demokrasya?

May 13, 2019 - 1:46 PM

Isang bagay ang sigurado: mukhang mahaba pa ang gabi

Rappler Talk: 'Death of democracy' and the May 13 polls

May 10, 2019 - 1:34 PM

Rappler talks to political analyst Doy Romero about fears of a less independent Senate after the May 13 elections

Hong Kong democracy leaders jailed over Umbrella Movement protests

Apr 25, 2019 - 7:23 AM

The prison terms are the latest hammer blow to Hong Kong's beleaguered democracy movement

L-R) Baptist minister Chu Yiu-ming, sociology professor Chan Kin-man, law professor Benny Tai, Raphael Wong, Lee Wing Tat, Shiu Ka Chuen and other pro-democracy campaigners enter the West Kowloon Magistrates Court in Hong Kong on April 9, 2019, to find out if they face jail for their involvement in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests. They are among nine activists facing rarely used colonial-era public nuisance charges for their participation in the 2014 protests calling for free elections for the city's leader. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

[OPINION] Last chance

Apr 06, 2019 - 5:00 PM

In order to protect our Constitution and sovereignty, we need to keep the strength and independence of our Senate; and the Senate is only as strong and independent as its opposition bloc. If the opposition falls, so does our democracy.

Key coalition partner demands Algeria's Bouteflika quit

Mar 27, 2019 - 10:01 PM

The National Rally for Democracy says it 'recommends the resignation of the president...with the aim of smoothing the period of transition'

CALL FOR RESIGNATION. File picture dated January 31, 2019 shows Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia addressing an ordinary session of The National Rally for Democracy political party, in Zeralda near the capital Algiers. The coalition ally of Algeria's ruling party called on March 27, 2019 for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign. File photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Manny Pacquiao: 'Too much democracy is bad for the Philippines'

Mar 02, 2019 - 3:55 PM

But at the same time, Senator Manny Pacquiao uses democracy to defend his stance against laws banning political dynasties and turncoatism

Sen. Manny Pacquiao during the hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on March 6, 2017 on the existence of the Davao Death Squad.

[OPINION] Holding the line against fascism

Mar 01, 2019 - 10:08 AM

The crucial signs and their contextualized explanations tell us that the current government has been extensively using fascist politics and tactics which is, ironically, possible to do under democratic rule

[OPINION] Democracy under siege

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:00 AM

We must ensure that more Defenders of Democracy are voted into office this year, and that the elections are free, clean, and peaceful. And that is a fight that is in the hands of the Filipino youth, Filipino parents, and all freedom-loving citizens.

Myanmar picks panel to reform army-scripted constitution

Feb 19, 2019 - 9:27 PM

With 2020 polls looming, parliament has voted overwhelmingly to form a cross-party committee to debate reforms of the charter

REFORMS. Military officers who are appointed members of the Myanmar Parliament arrive to attend a session in Naypyidaw on February 19, 2019. Photo by Thet Aung/AFP

Macau denies entry to Hong Kong former activist leader

Jan 17, 2019 - 3:59 PM

Macau refuses the entry of Yvonne Leung, describing her as a 'public security' threat. The 25-year-old Leung was a prominent student leader of Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement in 2014.

Leaders of the Hong Kong Federation of Students (L-R) Yvonne Leung, Nathan Law, Alex Chow, Lester Shum and Eason Chung arrive for talks with Hong Kong authorities, aimed at ending weeks of rallies, on the same day the city's leader ruled out democratic reforms, in Hong Kong on October 21, 2014. The crucial talks began just hours after Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying said open elections would result in the largest sector of society -- the city's poor -- dominating the electoral process, adding that free elections were impossible. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP

DOJ: PH drop in democracy index ‘should not bother us’

Jan 10, 2019 - 6:21 PM

Guevarra says the legal actions against members of the opposition are not 'undemocratic in any way'

NOT BOTHERED. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the report on Philippines dropping to spots in the 2018 democracy index "should not bother us at all." Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gloves come off as Greek elections loom

Jan 06, 2019 - 3:59 PM

With the ballot scheduled for October but expected as early as March, hostility between the ruling leftist Syriza party and the frontrunning New Democracy conservatives has hit fever pitch

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, wearing a tie, waves before addressing the parliamentary group of leftist Syriza and coalition partner Independent Greeks in Athens, on June 22, 2018, after Eurozone financial ministers have agreed to complete the eight-year bailout program for Greece. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on June 22, 2018 said his country was "turning a page" after eurozone ministers declared its crisis over as they granted Athens debt relief under a bailout exit strategy. The eurozone ministers' agreement comes nearly a decade after Athens finances spun out of control, sparking three bailouts and threatening the country's euro membership. Tsipras, who hates ties and hasn't worn one since becoming prime minister in 2015, had pledged at the time he would wear one "only when (Greece's) debt is cut".  Milos Bicanski / AFP

Democratic allies should rally to protect Taiwan from China, says Tsai

Jan 05, 2019 - 4:53 PM

(UPDATED) Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen accuses China of waging a 'deliberate campaign' to undermine the island's democracy by refusing to talk to her government

VERSUS CHINA. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen takes part in an interview with AFP at the Presidential Office in Taipei on June 25, 2018. Photo Sam Yeh/AFP

Lima Group countries say won't recognize new Maduro mandate

Jan 05, 2019 - 10:55 AM

Thirteen countries said it would not grant recognition to Maduro's hardline socialist government, which has presided over the oil-rich country's economic collapse.

AT THE HELM. This handout photo released by the Miraflores presidential palace press office shows Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivering a message in Caracas, Venezuela on December 31, 2018. Photo by Marcelo Garcia / Venezuelan Presidency / AFP

Hong Kong democracy camp kicks off 2019 with protests

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:18 PM

(UPDATED) Concern is growing that rights including freedom of expression and the press are being eroded by an increasingly assertive China ruled by President Xi Jinping

PROTEST. Pro-independence activists Wayne Chan (L) and former lawmaker Baggio Leung (C) chant slogans during the annual New Year's Day pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong on January 1, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Cambodia strongman Hun Sen derides 'democracy' in fiery speech

Dec 29, 2018 - 3:16 PM

'Don't make war by using what is called democracy and human rights, in which democratic countries used to make the mistake of supporting Lon Nol's coup,' says the country's strongman leader Hun Sen

CRITICIZE. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen hit Western governments for pushing democracy on the country. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Philippine democracy in 2018: Where do we fall in world rankings?

Dec 20, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Attacks against democratic values and unforeseen events situate the Philippines in much lower rankings than the previous year in several areas

LODI honors Filipino journalists for defending press freedom

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:55 PM

12 journalists are honored for their achievement in the cause of press freedom, including Rappler CEO Maria Ressa