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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

Duterte says 'overboard' Mocha Uson still has right to free speech

Sep 03, 2018 - 2:00 PM

'There are things na tingin ko na medyo nasobrahan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about controversial assistant secretary Mocha Uson

Reuters reporters jailed for 7 years in Myanmar secrets case

Sep 03, 2018 - 1:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Myanmar court finds Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo guilty of violating the Official Secrets Act, a draconian British colonial-era law

JAILED. Myanmar journalist Kyaw Soe Oo (in cuffs) is escorted by police after being sentenced by a court to jail in Yangon on September 3, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Egypt president approves law clamping down on social media

Sep 02, 2018 - 11:08 AM

The law allows the Egyptian government to suspend or block any personal account which 'publishes or broadcasts fake news or anything (information) inciting violating the law, violence or hatred'

CLOSE MONITORING. The Egyptian government will be gaining more power over social media accounts as a new law puts pages with over 5,000 followers under government monitoring. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

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

Panelo says 'simple' to get drug war reports via FOI. It's not.

Aug 30, 2018 - 4:39 PM

(UPDATED) Even the Supreme Court could not automatically get the drug war documents. Solicitor General Jose Calida said it is a risk to national security.

DRUG WAR REPORTS. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo says it is "simple" to obtain drug war reports through the Freedom of Information (FOI). Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Myanmar court postpones verdict for Reuters journalists

Aug 27, 2018 - 7:15 AM

(UPDATED) Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been in Myanmar's Insein prison since December

Detained Myanmar journalist Wa Lone, 32, is seen handcuffed and escorted by police while leaving Yangon courthouse after the first day of trial on July 16, 2018. Two Reuters reporters accused of breaking Myanmar's draconian secrecy law during their reporting of the Rohingya crisis face trial, on a charge that carries up to 14 years in jail. / AFP PHOTO / Myo Kyaw SOE

De Lima marks 2nd birthday in jail with new book

Aug 25, 2018 - 4:05 PM

'To the Filipino people: No matter the persecution, I will never stop fighting,' Senator Leila de Lima writes in the dedication page of 'Fight for Freedom and Other Writings'

BOOK. Senator Leila de Lima launches her second book while in detention. Photo from Fight for Freedom and Other Writings FB event page

Egypt president approves law tightening Internet controls

Aug 18, 2018 - 11:54 PM

The new legislation allows authorities, through a judge, to order the blocking of websites that 'constitute a threat' to Egypt's national security or economy

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

Nigerian police secretly arraign detained journalist

Aug 16, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Samuel Ogundipe, a journalist, is in police custody since his arrest for reporting on a takeover of parliament last week by masked security agents

Policemen from Nigeria are pictured at the International Police Cooperation Center on June 12, 2018 in Domodedovo outside Moscow, two days ahead of the the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. Policemen from 32 countries will coordinate the safety matters for the Russia 2018 football World Cup. Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP

Federalism, West Philippine Sea, Donald Trump | Midday wRap

Aug 16, 2018 - 12:19 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Margie de Leon

U.S. media counters Trump with #EnemyOfNone campaign

Aug 16, 2018 - 8:53 AM

More than 200 news organizations participate in a coordinated campaign with editorials about the importance of an independent media

Trump file photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Bangladesh court orders hospital for arrested photographer

Aug 07, 2018 - 10:44 PM

Shahidul Alam is arrested at his Dhaka residence by plainclothes policemen on Sunday, August 5, after going live with Al Jazeera speaking about the recent student protests rocking the country

SHAHIDUL ALAM. Activists and photographer Shahidul Alam arrives surrounded by policemen for an appearance in a court, in Dhaka on August 6, 2018. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh police arrest photographer for 'provocative comments'

Aug 06, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Plainclothes officers detain prize-winning photographer Shahidul Alam after his interview with Al Jazeera

Founder of Drik Photo Agency of Bangladesh Shahidul Alam speaks during the inaguration of Photo Imaging Asia 2006, in New Delhi, 07 December 2006. PhotoImaging Asia 2006 is the biggest photography and imaging exhibition in South Asia and will be on till 10 December at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi's exhibition hall. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH PRAKASH SINGH / AFP

South Africa to seek constitutional change for land reform

Aug 01, 2018 - 9:51 AM

'It has become patently clear that our people want the constitution to be more explicit about expropriation of land without compensation,' says South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE. In this file photo, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a media conference at the end of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on July 27, 2018. File photo by Themba Hadebe/AFP

Draft constitution 'backward-looking' – economic advocacy group

Jul 30, 2018 - 8:15 PM

The Foundation for Economic Freedom calls for the lifting of foreign ownership restrictions and the removal of 'protectionist' provisions in the proposed charter

Malaysia drops sedition cases against political cartoonist

Jul 30, 2018 - 3:05 PM

Zunar says he would not be 'absolutely happy until the government abolishes the Sedition Act'

ZUNAR. File photo shows Malaysian cartoonist Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, popularly known as Zunar, poses with handcuffs prior to a book-launch event in Kuala Lumpur on February 14, 2015. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

De Lima's family receives Prize for Freedom award on her behalf

Jul 28, 2018 - 10:05 PM

(UPDATED) Detained Senator Leila de Lima is the second Filipino to be conferred the award, after former president Corazon Aquino in 1987

'PRIZE FOR FREEDOM.' Liberal International gives the 'Prize for Freedom' award to detained Senator Leila de Lima. Her family receives the award on her behalf. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trump and CNN: A quarrel that's both good and bad

Jul 27, 2018 - 3:49 PM

The US President has long had a contentious relationship with the media, branding mainstream outlets an 'enemy of the American People' and dismissing unfavorable coverage as 'Fake News'

MEDIA HATER. US President Donald Trump tours US Steel's Granite City Works steel mill in Granite City, Illinois on July 26, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

CNN reporter barred from White House event, drawing journalists' protests

Jul 26, 2018 - 9:33 AM

Blocking a credentialed White House reporter from an event open to all members of the media is highly unusual and possibly unprecedented

WHITE HOUSE. Then 'The Daily Caller' White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins (3rd R) asks a question during a press conference by US President Donald Trump and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the East Room of the White House on February 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Egypt parliament approves bill to monitor social media

Jul 17, 2018 - 12:41 PM

Egypt, which ranks in the bottom tier of the World Press Freedom Index, is set to ratify a bill that will place social media accounts with more than 5,000 followers under a government committee

CLOSE MONITORING. The Egyptian government will be gaining more power over social media accounts as a new law puts pages with over 5,000 followers under government monitoring. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFO


How governments are cracking down on encryption and anonymity

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:06 PM

The UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression reports on how governments have cracked down on two key elements to expression in the digital age from 2015 to 2018

ENCRYPTED MESSAGING. The report praises the end-to-end encryption of some messaging apps, encouraging all messaging app makers to implement the technology as a default and to keep improving them. Image from Open Whisper Systems.


Bicam OKs freedom of religion in proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:37 PM

'We need to be mindful of the fact that people are harassed or subjected to violence because of their choice of beliefs in certain areas of the country,' says Senator Joel Villanueva, proponent of the clause promoting religious freedom in the region

Members of both the Senate and the House continue on the second day the Bicameral Conference Committee hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law at Crowne Plaza in Pasig City on July 10, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Troops clash with BIFF in Maguindanao town center

Jul 04, 2018 - 3:57 PM

The military says it foiled an attempt of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters to occupy the town hall of Datu Paglas town after a 9-hour operation that included air strikes on Tuesday, July 3

CLASH. Troops clash with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in a Maguindanao town center. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Army 33rd Infantry Battalion

Myanmar court urged to drop case against Reuters pair

Jul 02, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are accused of breaching the Official Secrets Act – which carries up to 14 years in jail – during their reporting of a military crackdown on the Rohingya minority

WA LONE. Detained Myanmar journalist Wa Lone (L) is escorted by police to a court in Yangon to face trial on February 6, 2018. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Annapolis mourns victims of newspaper shooting

Jun 30, 2018 - 4:15 PM

"The people who worked here are our friends, our neighbors, our colleagues, so it's sort of like a part of us has been taken with their death as well," said resident Christine Feldmann.

MOURNING. People walk down Main St. during a candlelight vigil to honor the 5 people were shot and killed at the Capital Gazette newspaper yesterday, on June 29, 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland. Photo by Mark Wilson / Getty Images / AFP

Forest rangers of Freedom Island fight losing battle vs plastic pollution

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Because of the immense volume of plastic trash in Manila Bay, forest rangers of Freedom Island and Long Islang in Parañaque say coastal cleanups are not enough

PLASTIC EVERYWHERE. Coastal cleanups are not enough to save Freedom and Long Islands in Manila Bay. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Philippine media under attack: Press freedom after 2 years of Duterte

Jun 29, 2018 - 10:05 PM

(UPDATED) As the President enters his second year, we look back at the attacks that journalists have had to endure

Lacson on ‘stupid God’ remark, Tisoy Argoncillo death, Rappler award | Midday wRap

Jun 25, 2018 - 12:44 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Gelo Gonzales

Rappler receives 2018 Free Media Pioneer Award

Jun 23, 2018 - 8:18 AM

The International Press Institute hails Rappler's commitment to critical reporting and its innovation

AWARD. Rappler managing editor Glenda M. Gloria delivers a speech after receiving on behalf of Rappler the 2018 Free Media Pioneer award from the International International Press Institute in ceremonies held in Abuja, Nigeria, on June 22, 2018. Photo courtesy of Alma Onali

Patricia Fox, Tito Sotto, PNP vs. ‘tambays’ | Evening wRap

Jun 18, 2018 - 10:05 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Sotto says Inquirer will remove articles on Pepsi Paloma

Jun 18, 2018 - 4:40 PM

(UPDATED) 'They will [take it down]... because it's fake news. It's [the] original fake news,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

RAPE POSTS. Senate President Vicente Sotto III says Inquirer has agreed to take down articles implicating him in a controversial rape slay. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ISIS operatives, Tito Sotto, World Cup 2018 | Midday wRap

Jun 18, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

Military probes pregnant woman's death in Maguindanao mortar strike

Jun 18, 2018 - 10:12 AM

While waiting for the result of the probe, the military sends representatives to provide financial support and condole with the families of the victims

DISPLACED. File photo of Pagalungan town residents who fled their homes last week due to military air strikes in Maguindanao. Photo from the DSWD-ARMM's Facebook page

Sotto asks Inquirer to remove articles on Pepsi Paloma

Jun 16, 2018 - 2:44 PM

(UPDATED) The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines denounces Sotto's request, saying it is a 'brazen attempt to suppress freedom of the press and of expression'

SC justice applicants stumble on freedom of expression question

Jun 14, 2018 - 1:45 PM

(UPDATED) The concept of freedom of expression is usually tackled during the first year of law school

Call for entries: Short film contest on Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Jun 14, 2018 - 9:55 AM

All entries must be submitted on or before 30 September

IN PHOTOS: Groups seek return of comfort woman statue

Jun 12, 2018 - 5:17 PM

On Independence Day, #Flowers4Lolas reiterate demands for the reinstallation of the statue that 'gives a face to victims of war and militarization' and for the Philippine government 'to uphold the truth in our history'

THE MISSING STATUE. Women gathered at where the statue was once erect, along the baywalk of Roxas Boulevard, Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Military says 15 BIFF fighters killed in Maguindanao offensive

Jun 10, 2018 - 10:05 PM

The military adds that the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front are working for the quick return of residents displaced by the offensive

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, June 3-9, 2018

Jun 10, 2018 - 12:19 PM

Here are the must-watch videos this week!

‘Journalism, F*ke News and Disinformation’: Fighting back is now mission critical

Jun 09, 2018 - 4:36 PM

Journalists need to ramp up their coverage of disinformation actors, even outside of election periods. They can partner with others, including communities, in combating pollution of the information environment.

Groups to hold 'HINDIpendence day' protest on June 12

Jun 08, 2018 - 6:42 PM

(UPDATED) The groups cite at least 5 'dire challenges' confronting the nation

Workers from various groups march towards Mendiola Peace Arch on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to call for an end to ENDO. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Join the freedom run for good governance, climate change

Jun 07, 2018 - 2:18 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Pre-registration will start on May 14, 2018 and the sites will be announced soon

FULL TEXT: World Editors Forum head on Maria Ressa's Golden Pen of Freedom

Jun 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

World Editors Forum president David Callaway delivers a speech introducing Maria Ressa, recipient of the Golden Pen of Freedom Award handed by WAN-IFRA

PRESS FREEDOM. Rappler executive editor and CEO Maria Ressa is this year's recipient of WAN-IFRA's Golden Pen of Freedom Award. Rappler file photo

Int'l news publishers to Duterte: Stop attacking Rappler

Jun 07, 2018 - 7:42 AM

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) calls on President Rodrigo Duterte to lift the ban on Rappler reporters covering his events

PRESS FREEDOM. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa joins a Black Friday for Press Freedom rally in Quezon City on January 19, 2018, after the Securities and Exchange Commission revoked Rappler's license. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Maria Ressa accepts WAN-IFRA Golden Pen of Freedom

Jun 07, 2018 - 1:30 AM

'My name is Maria Ressa. We are Rappler, and we will hold the line.'

PRESS FREEDOM. Rappler executive editor and CEO Maria Ressa is this year's recipient of WAN-IFRA's Golden Pen of Freedom award. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler