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Ghana investigative journalist shot dead

Jan 19, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Reports say Ghanaian investigative journalist Ahmed Divela was shot thrice – twice on the chest and another on the neck – before he died on the spot

DISGUISE. Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas participates in disguise on a panel at the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day event in Accra, Ghana, on May 3, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Rozen/CPJ

Myanmar Reuters journalists lose appeal against 7-year sentence

Jan 11, 2019 - 12:39 PM

(UPDATED) 'The verdict originally given was not wrong according to the law. The court decides to dismiss the appeal,' the judge of Yangon Regional High Court says

How Facebook is reconfiguring freedom of speech in situations of mass atrocity

Jan 09, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Lessons from Myanmar and the Philippines

DR Congo curbs French radio station RFI in tension vote

Jan 02, 2019 - 8:28 PM

Authorities revoke Radio France Internationale correspondent Florence Morice for alleged violation of electoral law and code of good conduct for foreign journalists

REVOKED. The DR Congo government withdraws RFI correspondent Florence Maurice's coverage accreditation over alleged breach of election laws. Photo from Twitter

WATCH: Maria Ressa, other journalists at Times Square NY for Ball Drop

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:47 AM

Times Square Alliance president Tim Tompkins says it is fitting to honor free press and free speech in one of the world's most famous public squares as the world welcomes 2019

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa urges journalists to 'stand together' against disinformation

Dec 31, 2018 - 11:08 PM

Ressa, who is among the journalists to be honored at the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball Drop, calls on journalists to 'move away from competition' in the face of disinformation and attacks to press freedom

UNITE. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa calls on fellow journalists to stand united against disinformation in an interview with CNN on Monday, December 31. Rappler file photo

CCTV footage shows men transporting 'Khashoggi body parts'

Dec 31, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The footage shows 3 men carrying 5 suitcases and two large bags into the home of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul, only a short distance away from where the murder of Jamal Khashoggi took place

MORE EVIDENCE? A Turkish police officer opens the door of Saudi Consul's residence on October 17, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

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'

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

Indian journalist jailed after Modi Facebook post

Dec 19, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Journalist unions condemn the arrest of Kishorechandra Wangkhem and demand his release

In this August 16, 2014 file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves as he leaves after the commissioning of the Indian Navy's newly-commissioned warship INS Kolkata in Mumbai. Punit Paranjpe/File/AFP

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'

Global media groups start fund-raising for Rappler

Dec 18, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Rappler and its CEO Maria Ressa will be the first recipients of fund for journalists facing threats to press freedom worldwide

IN COURT. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is facing legal cases filed by the Phiippine government. Photo by Beth Frondoso/Rappler

Hatred stirred by leaders blamed for rise in journalist murders – RSF

Dec 18, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Reporters Without Borders says 80 journalists have been killed worldwide so far this year – most notably the Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi – with 348 in jail and 60 more held hostage

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


At least 251 journalists jailed globally – CPJ

Dec 13, 2018 - 5:27 PM

'The terrible global assault on journalists that has intensified in the past few years shows no sign of abating,' says Committee to Protect Journalists Executive Director Joel Simon

'Thumbs up' pics for Myanmar Reuters reporters as they mark year in jail

Dec 12, 2018 - 5:34 PM

Messages of solidarity pour in from around the world on the first anniversary of the arrest of two Myanmar Reuters journalists who exposed a massacre of Rohingya Muslims

THUMBS UP. Myanmar journalist Wa Lone (center) is escorted by police to a courtroom in Yangon on September 3, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Rally to mark 1 year since arrest of Myanmar Reuters journalists

Dec 12, 2018 - 10:59 AM

Supporters will gather in downtown Yangon as Reuters invites people from around the world to post photos on social media of the 'thumbs up' gesture that became a symbol of the pair's court appearances

THUMBS UP. Myanmar journalist Wa Lone (C) is escorted by police to a courtroom in Yangon on September 3, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Social media platforms urged to be 'better gatekeepers'

Dec 09, 2018 - 6:52 PM

Social media has its pros and cons – providing a platform for the marginalized, yet paving the way for others to abuse its vast space and wide reach

Malacañang to U.N. expert: Don't politicize tax case vs Rappler, Ressa

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:02 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the case against Rappler 'has absolutely nothing to do with the freedom of expression'

POLITICIZING? Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo hits UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye for 'politicizing' the tax evasion charges filed against Rappler Holdings Corporation and its president Maria Ressa. Panelo photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler, Kaye photo by Adem Altam/AFP

Myanmar court to hear Reuters reporters appeal

Dec 08, 2018 - 4:22 PM

Lawyer Than Zaw Aung says the date for the appeal hearing has been set for December 24 at the Yangon regional court

WA LONE. In this file photo, detained Myanmar journalist Wa Lone (L) is escorted by police to a court in Yangon to face trial on February 6, 2018. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

U.N. expert urges Philippines to drop charges against Rappler, Ressa

Dec 07, 2018 - 7:23 AM

David Kaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, calls the charges 'a serious threat against independent and investigative journalism in the Philippines, and will have implications beyond its borders'

MARIA RESSA. Screenshot from Rappler video.

New social media campaign rules won't limit freedom of expression, says Comelec

Dec 06, 2018 - 8:44 PM

'It may just cause you to be more forthright with how much you’re spending when creating that content,' says Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez

LIMIT SPENDING. The Comelec says its new guidelines eyed for social media campaigns during elections will be limited to candidates' spending. Graphic by Alyssa Arizabal

[OPINION] A new weapon against press freedom in the Philippines

Dec 06, 2018 - 11:53 AM

Rappler is doing its job – and that’s why it has become a favorite target of the Duterte government

 HOLD THE LINE. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa posts bail for tax evasion charges at the Pasig Regional Trial Court on December 3, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Speaking about the PH media situation and Rappler in Hong Kong

Dec 03, 2018 - 11:07 AM

There is still hope, despite the challenges thrown at us

Drop 'politically motivated' criminal charges vs Rappler, Maria Ressa

Dec 01, 2018 - 10:35 AM

'This attempt to silence a highly regarded news website is just the latest example of the administration’s contempt for free and vibrant news media,' says Human Rights Watch Asia Director Brad Adams

UNDER THREAT. The Philippine government under President Rodrigo Duterte has filed mutiple tax cases against Rappler Holdings and its president Maria Ressa, acts deemed by human rights groups as an attack on press freedom. File Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Measles cases rise worldwide | Evening wRap

Nov 30, 2018 - 10:19 PM

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WATCH: Sheila Coronel introduces Maria Ressa at the CPJ 2018 awards

Nov 29, 2018 - 11:16 PM

"Maria and her team are a shining example of principled resistance to the erosion of democratic norms."

Australian billionaire to spend $72M on journalism institute

Nov 28, 2018 - 10:56 PM

'Journalism doesn't just need critics, it needs champions – people and institutions with the resources to help educate, encourage and connect journalists and their audience in pursuit of excellence,' says billionaire Judith Neilson

Malians watch newspapers in a street of Bamako on July 30, 2018 a day after conutry's presidential election.  Mali went to the polls on July 29, 2018, with actual President seeking a second 5-year term in the fragile Sahel state beset by deadly ethnic and jihadist violence. / AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO

Religious freedom at risk in 1 of 5 countries – report

Nov 23, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Of the 38 countries where freedom is threatened, the situation has worsened in 18 of them, 'in particular in two of the most populous countries in the world, China and India'

This is the best time to become a Rappler

Nov 22, 2018 - 6:27 PM

Despite all the attacks Rappler is facing, what makes me stay?

Crown prince a 'red line' in Khashoggi probe – Saudi FM

Nov 22, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir insists that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is not involved in the killing

'RED LINE.' In this file photo, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir speaks during a press conference held at Saudi Foreign Ministry press hall, on January 3, 2016 in Riyadh. File photo by Ahmed Farwan/AFP

Maria Ressa receives CPJ's press freedom award

Nov 21, 2018 - 12:02 PM

'We need to continue reporting without fear or favor,' Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa says after accepting the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award in New York City

PRESS FREEDOM. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa receives the 2018 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists. Screenshot courtesy of CPJ

LIVE: CPJ International Press Freedom Awards 2018

Nov 21, 2018 - 8:55 AM

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Saudi king backs son amid furor over Khashoggi murder

Nov 20, 2018 - 9:18 AM

In his speech, the king praises his son's economic reform program aimed at creating jobs for a swelling youth population and preparing the kingdom for a post-crude era

KING'S BACKING. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on December 13, 2017, shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) arriving for the opening of the shura council ordinary session in Riyadh. AFP PHOTO / SAUDI ROYAL PALACE / BANDAR AL-JALOUD

White House restores CNN journalist's credentials, with warning

Nov 20, 2018 - 12:56 AM

(UPDATED) CNN says it is dropping its lawsuit on reporter Jim Acosta's access, a case that has raised concerns over constitutional rights for the press

EYE OF THE STORM. In this file photo taken on November 16, 2018 CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta arrives at US District Court in Washington, DC, where Judge Timothy Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate Acosta's press credentials. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Carpio praises Duterte for upholding sea freedoms

Nov 18, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio says it 'is a most welcome development' that President Rodrigo Duterte upheld freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio attends Kasarinlan: A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum in Intramuros, Manila, on July 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. judge orders White House to restore CNN reporter's access

Nov 17, 2018 - 12:45 AM

A federal judge issues a temporary restraining order that requires the White House to restore CNN reporter Jim Acosta's access based on 'due process'

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)

Turkey has more evidence in Khashoggi murder – report

Nov 16, 2018 - 3:47 PM

A Turkish newspaper says a second voice recording clearly reveals that the murder of the Washington Post columnist has been premeditated

MORE EVIDENCE? A Turkish police officer opens the door of Saudi Consul's residence on October 17, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Hong Kong lawyers demand explanation over journalist ban

Nov 16, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Hong Kong's powerful bar association says the rights enshrined in Hong Kong's mini-constitution, including freedom of expression, should be respected 'whether one agrees with the information or ideas or not'

BANNED. In this photo taken on August 14, 2018, Victor Mallet, a Financial Times journalist and vice president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club speaks during a luncheon at the FCC in Hong Kong, during which Andy Chan, founder of the Hong Kong National Party, gave a talk. File photo by Paul Yeung/Pool/AFP

Bangladesh photographer detained during protests gets bail

Nov 15, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Bangladesh court grants bail to award-winning photographer-activist Shahidul Alam after spending more than 100 days behind bars

BAIL GRANTED. File photo of renowned Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam.  AFP Photo

U.S. media in court showdown over White House access

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:44 AM

In the emergency hearing, CNN's lawyer Ted Boutrous asks the judge for a temporary order allowing Jim Acosta to get his White House pass back ahead of a full hearing

LEGAL BATTLE. CNN attorney Ted Boutrous delivers remarks outside US District Court following a hearing on CNN's case against the White House regarding White House correspondent Jim Acosta November 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

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

(UPDATED) 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

QC police nabbed in sex-for-freedom case | Midday wRap

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