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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

Case dropped against Myanmar journalists facing incitement charges

Nov 09, 2018 - 7:44 PM

In rare good news, the Myanmar government has withdrawn the incitement case against the 3 journalists who reported critically on the financial management of Yangon

Detained Myanmar journalists Kyaw Zaw Lin, (front), Phyo Wai Win (4th-L) and Nayi Min (L) leave the courthouse escorted by police after appearing before the court on Ocotber 10, 2018. Two Myanmar media executives and one reporter were arrested on October 10, their defence lawyer said, as rights groups decried the vague laws increasingly wielded to clamp down on the press. Phyo Hein KYAW / AFP

Backlash over FT journalist denied entry to Hong Kong

Nov 09, 2018 - 3:28 PM

British citizens are usually allowed into Hong Kong without a visa and are permitted to stay for 180 days under immigration rules

INDEPENDENCE TALK. In this photo taken on August 14, 2018, Victor Mallet, a Financial Times journalist and vice president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club (right) shakes hands with Andy Chan, founder of the Hong Kong National Party. File photo by Paul Yeung/Pool/AFP

PH's Inday Espina Varona wins RSF Prize for Independence

Nov 09, 2018 - 9:58 AM

'Independence is very important for citizen journalism. I teach young people to be critical minded and I hope this award will inspire them,' says Varona

INDEPENDENCE. Winner of the Prize For Independence award, Philippines' Inday Espina-Varona speaks during an interview ahead ahead of the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Press Freedom Awards ceremony in London on November 8, 2018.Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

RSF awards to spotlight 'urgent need' to protect journalists

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:59 PM

Filipina Inday Espina Varona is among the 4 nominees of the Prize for Independence category of the Press Freedom Awards to be given by the Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) general secretary Christophe Deloire speaks during a press conference to present the watchdog's World Press Freedom Index for 2018, on April 25, 2018 in Paris. Press freedom around the world in under threat from a triple whammy of US President and Russia and China's bid to crush all dissent, says the report. The group accused the world's three superpowers -- the US, China and Russia -- of leading the charge against press freedom, with US President regularly launching personal attacks on reporters and Beijing exporting its "media control model" to strangle dissent elsewhere in Asia. BERTRAND GUAY / AFP

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Nov 08, 2018 - 12:56 PM

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White House bars CNN reporter after heated Trump exchange

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:29 AM

(UPDATED) A visibly angry Donald Trump has called reporter Jim Acosta a 'rude, terrible person,' after the CNN White House correspondent refused the president's orders to sit down and give up the microphone during a news conference

CLASH. 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

2 Quezon City cops arrested in another sex-for-freedom case

Nov 07, 2018 - 9:32 PM

The victim says she was raped by a cop then forced to perform sexual acts on another inside a police patrol vehicle

SEX-FOR-FREEDOM. NCRPO chief Director Guillermo Eleazar (right) questions the two QCPD Station 4 policemen who are under custody at the Regional Special Operation unit of Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Q and A: Frederik Obermaier, behind and beyond the 'Panama Papers'

Nov 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Top investigative journalist Frederik Obermaier shares what life was before the biggest story of his career – and the value of whistleblowers

German journalist Frederik Obermaier co-author of the socalled "Panama Papers" investigation poses on April 7, 2016 in Munich, southern Germany, at his office at the German daily "Sueddeutsche Zeitung". - The Panama Papers are a massive leak of 11.5 million documents allegedly exposing the secret offshore dealings of aides to Russian president Vladimir Putin, world leaders and celebrities including Barcelona striker Lionel Messi. The vast stash of records was obtained from an anonymous source by German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and shared with media worldwide by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE / AFP)

Duterte and the saints, digital authoritarianism, Harvey Weinstein | Midday wRap

Nov 02, 2018 - 12:59 PM

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Chinese-style 'digital authoritarianism' grows globally – study

Nov 01, 2018 - 8:20 PM

'Democracies are struggling in the digital age, while China is exporting its model of censorship and surveillance to control information both inside and outside its borders,' says Freedom House

IN NUMBERS: Global threats to press freedom in 2018

Oct 26, 2018 - 8:00 PM

According to media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, at least 75 journalists have been killed in the past 10 months in countries all over the world

CENSORSHIP. The brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is just one among many other violent threats to press freedom in 2018. Left photo by Ozam Kose/AFP; Right photo from Shutterstock

PH’s Inday Espina Varona nominated for RSF Press Freedom Award

Oct 25, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The Filipino journalist is being recognized for being 'very active on social networks' and for covering 'issues that are sensitive in the Philippines'

Senate Fake News Hearing on March 15,2018. Photo by Angie de Silva

Saudi account of Khashoggi's death meets growing skepticism

Oct 21, 2018 - 1:12 PM

The controversy puts the kingdom – for decades a key ally in Western efforts to contain Iran – under unprecedented pressure

PROTEST. A woman holds a portrait of missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi reading "Jamal Khashoggi is missing since October 2" during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 9, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

TIMELINE: Developments since Saudi journalist's disappearance

Oct 21, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Here is a timeline of events that transpired since Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing

KILLED. Photographed is Nobel Peace Prize laureate Yemeni Tawakkol Karman with a picture of Khashoggi during a demonstration. File photo by Ozam Kose/AFP

Journalists' group seeks punishment for those who 'ordered' Khashoggi death

Oct 21, 2018 - 12:00 AM

Turk-Arab Media Association demands that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's body be given back for a proper funeral

COMPLEX MAN. In this file photo taken on October 8, 2018 protestors hold pictures of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey will 'reveal whatever happened' in Khashoggi death

Oct 20, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Ruling party spokesman Omer Celik says it is Turkey's 'debt of honor' to reveal what happened

STATE-SPONSORED KILLING. Demonstrators dressed as Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and US President Donald Trump (C) protest outside the White House in Washington, DC, on October 19, 2018, demanding justice for missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Khashoggi criticizes Saudi prince in newly released interview

Oct 20, 2018 - 6:18 PM

Speaking off the record to Newsweek, Jamal Khashoggi says he's not calling for the overthrow of the regime, but for a 'better Saudi Arabia'

MISSING. A woman holds a portrait of missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi reading 'Jamal Khashoggi is missing since October 2' during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 9, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Khashoggi death: Don't give Saudi Arabia 'license to kill,' says RSF

Oct 20, 2018 - 4:38 PM

'After the recognition of Khashoggi’s death, we expect a determined, constant and powerful pressure to be kept on Saudi Arabia,' says Christophe Deloire of Reporters without Borders

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U.S. 'saddened' Saudi journalist dead, no mention of action

Oct 20, 2018 - 8:56 AM

(UPDATED) US President Donald Trump says Saudi Arabia's explanation of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death is an 'important first step'

US President Donald Trump waves upon arrival at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Helsinki, on July 15, 2018 on the eve of a summit in Helsinki between the US President and his Russian counterpart. / AFP PHOTO / Lehtikuva / Heikki Saukkomaa / Finland OUT

Saudi admits Khashoggi killed in Istanbul consulate

Oct 20, 2018 - 8:15 AM

(5th UPDATE) Saudi Arabia's attorney general says critic Jamal Khashoggi died after 'discussions' at the consulate led to a fistfight, without disclosing where his body is

KHASHOGGI. In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. Photo by Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP

Jamal Khashoggi: From Saudi royal insider to open critic

Oct 20, 2018 - 4:00 AM

A complex man of contradictions, journalist Jamal Khashoggi went from being a Saudi royal family insider to an outspoken critic of the ultra-conservative kingdom's government

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 8, 2018 protestors hold pictures of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.  Allegations that Saudi Arabia killed a journalist inside its Istanbul consulate have forced Donald Trump into a position he never expected -- raising human rights with the kingdom he has steadfastly supported. Saudi Arabia was the first foreign destination as president for Trump, who has lavished praise on its ambitious crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, and closely allied himself with the kingdom in a push to isolate the Sunni state's regional rival Iran.But Trump said October 8, 2018 he was "concerned" after a Turkish government source said Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent opinion writer living in the United States and who contributes to The Washington Post, was killed after he entered the Saudi consulate.   OZAN KOSE / AFP

Trump says Saudi journalist likely dead, warns of 'severe' response

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:53 AM

This marks a hardening of tone from the Trump administration, which has been reluctant to blame ally Saudi Arabia

MISSING. This file photo shows Nobel Peace Prize laureate Yemeni Tawakkol Karman holds a picture of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate, on October 5, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozam Kose/AFP

Washington Post publishes 'last piece' by missing Saudi journalist

Oct 18, 2018 - 10:49 AM

'The Arab world is facing its own version of an Iron Curtain, imposed not by external actors but through domestic forces vying for power,' Jamal Khashoggi writes in his final column

'LAST COLUMN.' The Washington Post publishes a column by missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Screenshot of Khashoggi's column from Washington Post.

Turkish police search Saudi consulate again in Khashoggi case

Oct 18, 2018 - 8:53 AM

Turkish police also carry out a search of the residence of the Saudi consul to Istanbul, Mohammed al-Otaibi, a day after he flew out of Istanbul for Riyadh

KHASHOGGI. In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. Photo by Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP

Istanbul police search Saudi consul's residence in Khashoggi probe

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:48 PM

Turkish police start searching the residence of the Saudi consul to look into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

SEARCHING. A Turkish police officer opens the door of Saudi Consul's residence on October 17, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Suspects in Saudi journalist case tied to top prince – report

Oct 17, 2018 - 12:27 PM

One suspect is a frequent companion of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 3 other suspects are linked to his security detail, and a fifth is a high-level forensic doctor, The New York Times reports

STILL MISSING. Saudi Arabia has dismissed accusations that Jamal Khashoggi was ordered murdered by a hit squad inside its Istanbul consulate as 'lies and baseless allegations,' as Riyadh and Ankara spar over the missing journalist's fate. File photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

Bangladesh editors protest 'anti-press' digital law

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Newspaper editors in Bangladesh demand amendments to the newly enacted digital law which they say 'opposes independent journalism and free press'

Members of the Newspaper Editors' Council of Bangladesh form a human chain in front of National Press Club demanding an amendment to the newly enacted digital law on October 15, 2018. - Bangladeshi newspaper editors on October 15 staged a protest demanding sweeping amendments to a newly enacted digital law that journalists and rights groups say will curb freedom of expression. (Photo by Munir UZ ZAMAN / AFP)

NBA emphasizes ‘freedom of movement’ this season

Oct 13, 2018 - 11:22 AM

There will be no more jersey holds, shoulder grabs, arm wraps – things that fans were used to seeing in a highly physical game

FREE-FLOWING. The NBA looks to unleash a smoother flow of the game by calling fouls that impede the flow and movement of a player. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Allegations of orders to kill journalist Khashoggi 'baseless' – Saudi minister

Oct 13, 2018 - 9:37 AM

Turkish police and media claim journalist Jamal Khashoggi was tortured and killed

MISSING. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Yemeni Tawakkol Karman holds a picture of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate, on October 5, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Ozam Kose/AFP

Turkey, U.S. press Riyadh to explain fate of missing journalist

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:19 AM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in his most extensive remarks on Jamal Khashoggi, challenges Saudi Arabia to provide CCTV images to back up its account

MISSING. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Yemeni Tawakkol Karman holds a picture of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate, on October 5, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozam Kose/AFP

De Lima denounces media ban in court hearings

Oct 11, 2018 - 11:23 AM

'The authorities are getting more and more unreasonable in restricting media access to my court proceedings and any of my public outings, for that matter,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima

HEARING. Under heavy security, opposition Senator Leila de Lima leaves the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 34 courtroom after the prosecution failed to present its witness on October 4. The hearing is reset to November 7. Photo from Senator De Lima's office

Saudi crown prince ordered op against missing journalist – report

Oct 11, 2018 - 10:34 AM

The Washington Post, a newspaper to which Jamal Khashoggi contributed, cites unnamed US officials as saying that Saudi officials have been heard discussing a plan to lure Khashoggi from the US state of Virginia and detain him

MISSING. A woman holds a portrait of missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi reading 'Jamal Khashoggi is missing since October 2' during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 9, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Myanmar arrests 3 journalists over report on Suu Kyi protege

Oct 10, 2018 - 11:12 PM

Police arrest 3 journalists of a paper which criticized the Myanmar government's financial management, which is overseen by a protege of leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Detained Myanmar journalists Kyaw Zaw Lin, (front), Phyo Wai Win (4th-L) and Nayi Min (L) leave the courthouse escorted by police after appearing before the court on Ocotber 10, 2018. Two Myanmar media executives and one reporter were arrested on October 10, their defence lawyer said, as rights groups decried the vague laws increasingly wielded to clamp down on the press. Phyo Hein KYAW / AFP

Reporters Without Borders: 15 Saudi journalists arrested in past year

Oct 10, 2018 - 8:27 PM

'In most cases, their arrests have never been officially confirmed and no official has ever said where they are being held or what they are charged with,' says RSF

MISSING. In this file photo taken on October 8, 2018 protestors hold pictures of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Suspect arrested in Germany over killing of Bulgaria journalist

Oct 10, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Chief prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov says 'at this stage, we do not believe that the murder is linked' to Viktoria Marinova's work

IN MEMORY. A man (C) holds a picture of murdered Bulgarian TV journalist Viktoria Marinova during a vigil in in Sofia on October 8, 2018.Photo by Nikolay Doychinov/AFP

Reporters Without Borders urges Hong Kong to renew journalist's visa

Oct 09, 2018 - 6:38 PM

'Victor Mallet's expulsion, if confirmed, would represent a further step backwards for press freedom, which has already been declining in recent years in Hong Kong,' says Cédric Alviani of Reporters Without Borders

Hong Kong leader refuses to explain journalist visa denial

Oct 09, 2018 - 2:31 PM

Facing questions for the first time since the visa denial emerged last week, Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the decision has been handed down by immigration authorities

EU condemns Hong Kong's expulsion of British reporter

Oct 09, 2018 - 5:00 AM

The EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini's office says the expulsion of FT editor Victor Mallet is "a worrying precedent"

PRESS FREEDOM.  Demonstrator hold placards that read "freedom of the press, not allowed to be deprived" during a protest after Hong Kong immigration authorities declined a visa renewal for senior Financial Times journalist Victor Mallet. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Turkish police believe journalist killed in Saudi consulate

Oct 07, 2018 - 1:09 PM

The state-run Saudi Press Agency says an unnamed official at the Istanbul consulate denied the reports of Saudi journalist and critic Jamal Khashoggi's murder

KILLED? This file photo taken on December 15, 2014, shows Jamal Khashoggi, a veteran Saudi journalist who has been critical towards the Saudi government and has gone missing after visiting the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP

UK seeks 'urgent explanation' as Hong Kong bans journalist

Oct 06, 2018 - 5:43 PM

'Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy and its press freedoms are central to its way of life, and must be fully respected,' UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office says in a statement

BANNED. Pro-democracy activist Avery Ng (C) tears a symbolic 'political red line' during a protest after Hong Kong immigration authorities declined a visa renewal for senior Financial Times journalist Victor Mallet, outside the immigration department building in Hong Kong on October 6, 2018. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong denies Financial Times journalist visa after independence talk

Oct 05, 2018 - 8:49 PM

Hong Kong refuses to renew the visa of Victor Mallet, the FT's Asia news editor who hosted a speech by Andy Chan, the leader of a tiny pro-independence political party

In this photo taken on August 14, 2018, Victor Mallet, a Financial Times journalist and vice president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC) (R) shakes hands with Andy Chan, founder of the Hong Kong National Party, during a luncheon at the FCC in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has refused to renew the visa of a senior Financial Times journalist who hosted a talk by an activist advocating the city's independence from China, the newspaper said on October 5, 2018. Paul Yeung / POOL / AFP

Turkey summons Saudi ambassador over missing journalist

Oct 04, 2018 - 10:37 PM

Jamal Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post, went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get documents and has not appeared since

MISSING. In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. Jamal Khashoggi, a veteran Saudi journalist who has been critical towards the Saudi government has gone missing after visiting the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, the Washington Post reported. Khashoggi, a former government advisor who went into self-imposed exile in the United States last year to avoid possible arrest, has been critical of some of the policies of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH

CHR: Linking schools to Red October plot endangers students

Oct 04, 2018 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Human Rights says the 'blanket act of red-tagging' of the youth may give the military license to infringe on freedoms and rights but Malacañang thinks otherwise

DISSENT. Protesters, mostly students, called for the ouster of President Rodrigo Duterte as Baguio joined the observance of the declaration of Martial Law Friday, 46 years ago by the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, who was ousted in 1986 through people power. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

U.N. General Assembly meeting spotlights the ‘press behind bars’

Oct 01, 2018 - 11:22 PM

The Committee to Protect Journalists and the UN denounce record number of jailed journalists

PRESS FREEDOM. A young Timorese reads a local newspaper. Photo by Martine Perret/UN Photo

House resolution seeks to adopt 'restrictive' rules on media coverage

Sep 24, 2018 - 5:15 PM

(UPDATED) House committee on public information chairperson Ben Evardone says some of the provision will make it difficult for journalists to gain access to the House of Representatives

COVERING THE HOUSE. Lawmakers attend the session at the House of Representatives on December 13, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

25 suspects face criminal charges for Sultan Kudarat bombing

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:43 AM

Suspects are said to be members of a breakaway faction of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters

BLAST. A police investigator (L) gathers evidence at the site of a bomb blast in Isulan town on the southern island of Mindanao on August 29, 2018. File photo by AFP

#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.

Myanmar defends Suu Kyi's silence over jailed reporters

Sep 04, 2018 - 3:38 PM

Aung San Suu Kyi, who was herself subjected to house arrest for some 15 years, relying on foreign media to highlight her plight, has been widely-condemned for her silence on the case and verdict

SILENCE. Aung San Suu Kyi has been widely-condemned for her silence on the case involving Reuters journalists and the recent verdict. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler