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Algeria cracks down on Facebook activists

May 21, 2020 - 9:45 AM

One activist is accused of having insulted President Abdelmadjid Tebboune by calling him 'illegitimate,' while another has criticized the 'injustice' of Algeria's judicial system

FLAG. Algerian protesters wave their national flag as they demonstrate during an an anti-government demonstration in the capital Algiers on April 12, 2019. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

[ANALYSIS] The right to call the government crazy

May 20, 2020 - 1:32 PM

Voicing your exasperation over the government and its officials – even in impolite language – is constitutionally protected

With indictment of teacher, media told be careful when interviewing suspects

May 16, 2020 - 5:38 PM

Ex-SC Spokesperson Ted Te says the NBI agents are still liable for the arbitrary detention of teacher Ronnel Mas

ARRESTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison

DOJ okays warrantless arrest of teacher who posted about 'killing Duterte'

May 15, 2020 - 7:49 AM

(UPDATED) The prosecutor says the warrantless arrest is invalid, but the defect is cured by the teacher's admission to the media

ARRESTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison

[OPINION] What do we risk when free speech is suppressed?

May 14, 2020 - 12:55 PM

'The Philippines and the rest of the world would not be in this mess if we had immediate access to Dr Li's crucial information'


[OPINION] PCOO blocks Gang Badoy on Twitter – that’s unconstitutional

May 11, 2020 - 6:11 PM

Just like in the United States, the Philippine government’s act of blocking citizens from its social media accounts violate fundamental rights

Hong Kong political crisis deepens despite protest lull during virus

Apr 23, 2020 - 11:12 AM

Police arrest 15 prominent activists on charges linked to last year's demonstrations. Those detained were not masked protesters who often violently clashed with police, but rather some of the city's best-known moderates.

LEE. In this file photo taken on April 18, 2020, former lawmaker and pro-democracy activist Martin Lee (C) gestures as he leaves the Central District police station in Hong Kong, after being arrested and accused of organizing and taking part in an unlawful assembly in August last year. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Carpio: Facebook post on P2B private jet is protected speech

Apr 14, 2020 - 12:45 PM

When is something protected speech, and when is it not?

SUBPOENA. The NBI sends subpoena to 'more than a dozen' people over their social media posts related to the coronavirus. Photo by Angie de Silva

China expels U.S. journalists in biggest crackdown in years

Mar 18, 2020 - 8:51 AM

American journalists at The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal are told to hand back their credentials within 10 days

BANNED. The New York Times building at 620 Eighth Avenue in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

[OPINION] Pens and placards: On campus journalists as student activists

Mar 13, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'To be an activist does not require one to be physically present in rallies and street protests. It can be done through the formidable power of the written word.'

EU rights envoy sounds alarm on Qatar freedom of speech

Feb 18, 2020 - 10:14 AM

Publications can be suspended under the law for up to 3 months for printing items deemed against the public interest

TGIF. A leisurely Friday in Qatar. Photo by Olya Morvan/Hans Lucas

Merkel's successor sparks freedom of speech uproar

May 28, 2019 - 11:27 PM

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer later tries to downplay her comments, saying it is 'ridiculous to insinuate that I want to regulate expressions of opinion'

SUCCESSOR. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) walks past her successor, leader of the Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer during the CDU congress on December 8, 2018 at a fair hall in Hamburg, northern Germany. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Does Assange indictment set dangerous precedent for journalists?

May 25, 2019 - 11:31 AM

'What he is accused of doing is exactly what professional journalists do every day – seeking, receiving and publishing important information about our government,' says law professor Sonja West

PROTEST. In this file photo taken on April 23, 2019 an activist holds a placard next to others while forming a human chain calling for the freedom of the international non-profit organization WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in Dhaka. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman / AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: A revolution against disinformation

Feb 25, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The challenge now is no longer to gather huge crowds at plazas to frighten a dictator and his sycophants. It is to reclaim the online public space from the disinformation monster that President Duterte himself has unleashed.

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

Jan 09, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Lessons from Myanmar and the Philippines

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

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

Could coal lobbying and free speech curbs hamper pivotal UN climate talks?

Jun 02, 2018 - 4:22 PM

Civil society groups are worried that the Paris Agreement could crumble at the last minute, as the final meeting to decide its implementation will be held in Poland, Europe's second biggest coal-producing country

A mockup of a planet earth is displayed at the Rheinaue park during the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ

Netizens fear troll exploitation of Facebook's 'downvote' button

Feb 11, 2018 - 12:14 AM

Some users think this feature would be abused by trolls and bots, while some say users' freedom of speech would be unaffected

DOWNVOTE. Facebook is currently testing a 'downvote' button in select public pages. Image above only an illustration or mock-up

If there's no fake news, we wouldn't know what's true – Roque

Jan 28, 2018 - 11:30 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says there should be 'a free marketplace of ideas'

CHR expresses 'grave alarm' over proposal to limit protection of free speech

Jan 24, 2018 - 5:33 PM

'A free, democratic society depends on the free exchange of ideas and speaking truth to power and fighting for one’s convictions are both anchored on our ability to exercise this freedom,' the Commission on Human Rights says

Intel operations, background checks on media 'bordering on illegal' – PNP chief

Jan 22, 2018 - 1:28 PM

'I categorically deny that there is an effort by the PNP to monitor, to conduct background checks on the media...It is not only irregular, but it is bordering on (being) illegal,' says PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

NO OPERATIONS. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says he respects the freedom of the press. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Eh ano ngayon kung ma-padlock ang Rappler?

Jan 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Ang pamahalaang gumagamit ng corporate take-downs upang busalan ang mga tumutuligsa dito ay hindi mag-aatubiling sagasaan ang karapatan ng pangkaraniwang mamamayan

Roque: I'll resign if Duterte tramples on press freedom

Jan 21, 2018 - 12:27 AM

'Bakit po ako nagpapatuloy bilang isang Spokesman? Dahil naniniwala ako at naninindigan din po ako na ang Pangulong Duterte ay sang-ayon din at sumusuporta sa malayang pamamahayag,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

WHO CHANGED? Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says his human rights advocacy has not changed since he joined the Duterte administration. Malacañang photo

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Dec 20, 2017 - 3:36 PM

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Freedom of speech ‘limits the power of government to lie’

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:27 PM

Veteran reporter Ed Lingao says about fake news online, ‘Everybody has the right to be wrong, but everybody has the responsibility to get it right’

FREEDOM. Blogger and columnist Tonyo Cruz laments the power of free speech in a democracy. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Democracy under threat: We will shine the light, we will hold the line

Nov 03, 2017 - 11:20 AM

'Like many, I fear that the pendulum of democracy is swinging the other way globally, enabled by social media,' says Maria Ressa when she accepted the National Democracy Institute's W. Averell Harriman Democracy Award on November 2 (US time)

[OPINION] Peke at totoo

Oct 23, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Sa mga panahong ito, kahit peke ang balita, basta ito’y nakasisira sa kaaway o nakatutulong sa kinakampihan, kinabibiliban pa natin ang sinungaling

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Time to stand up to Duterte’s online bullies

Oct 16, 2017 - 9:00 AM

What fuels the hate and the toxicity? It’s the sense of entitlement and power, of being backed and supported by those in power.

Pakistani journalist held over Facebook posts criticizing security forces

Jun 30, 2017 - 8:35 PM

The Balochistan Union of Journalists criticizes the illegal confinement

Berkeley Fil-Ams defend free speech

May 16, 2017 - 12:20 AM

Fil Ams from the University of California at Berkeley agree that the Free Speech Movement is alive and well

CAL PRIDE. Cal Students Robin Cid Calleja, Justin Lagera and Jacob Sese, and alumna Corin Ramos Lujan differ in their politics but pride in their alma mater.

Azerbaijan looks to block critical online media

Apr 27, 2017 - 11:08 PM

The ministry of transport and communications demands the news outlets websites be blocked but gives no further details to back up its claims

ILHAM ALIYEV. Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev meets with Russian President during their meeting in Saint Petersburg on June 20, 2016. File photo by Dmitry Lovetsky/AFP

Anti-Mocha Uson petition sparks debate on freedom of speech

Oct 24, 2016 - 8:21 PM

Some social media users say banning the celebrity blogger s Facebook page – whether you are a fan of her or not – is the wrong approach

Constructive conversations in the time of Duterte

Sep 01, 2016 - 4:08 PM

Ultimately President Duterte has a huge role in addressing the deepening polarization and in creating an environment where everyone feels welcome to express dissenting opinions

#NoPlaceForHate: Baro a pagalagadan iti Rappler comments thread

Aug 27, 2016 - 1:11 PM

Alaenmi manen daytoy a gundaway a mangtagikua iti espasyo ti Rappler kas nasimbeng a lugar para kadagiti netizens Ditoy maibaga yo amin ti ania man a naguneg yo nga awan ti panagbuteng wenno panagamak a mabastos kayo

#NoPlaceForHate: Ang mga kausaban sa Rappler comments thread

Aug 26, 2016 - 5:57 PM

Diri sa Rappler dapat bation mo nga luwas ka mupadayag sa imong kaugalingon nga wala y kahadlok nga atakihon ug tabangan sa mga anonymous commenters nga nag apas nga pahilumon ka ug paamohun

#NoPlaceForHate: Bagong patakaran sa Rappler comments thread

Aug 26, 2016 - 4:12 PM

Muli naming aangkinin ang espasyo ng Rappler bilang matiwasay na lugar para sa netizens Dito masasabi ninyo ang inyong saloobin nang walang takot na malapastangan o makuyog

#NoPlaceForHate: Change comes to Rappler's comments thread

Aug 26, 2016 - 4:11 PM

On Rappler you should feel safe to express yourself without fear of being attacked and swarmed by an army of anonymous commenters who seek to silence and tame

India uses outdated laws to silence dissent – watchdog

May 24, 2016 - 3:45 PM

India s abusive laws are the hallmark of a repressive society not a vibrant democracy says Human Rights Watch

epa05168360 An Indian activist wearing the mask of Indian revolutionary Bhagat Singh along with other Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students and their supporters participate in a protest march in New Delhi, India, 18 February 2016. The protesters were demanding the immediate release of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students. Kanhaiya Kumar, the students' union president of Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was held on sedition charges. A former Delhi University professor was also arrested on 16 February for sedition. The arrests sparked counter protests between students and activists from the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party's student wing and right-wing organizations. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Fear spreads as Thai junta jails online critics

May 05, 2016 - 11:44 PM

The military government s latest crackdown on dissent comes as it prepares to put a charter it drafted to the public in August

CRACKDOWN ON CRITICS. Thai soldiers on duty patrol front of a military base in Bangkok, Thailand, April 18, 2016. File photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA

Vietnam jails prominent blogger for 5 years

Mar 23, 2016 - 5:25 PM

UPDATED Watchdogs say the prison term for Nguyen Huu Vinh popularly known as Anh Ba Sam is unjust

epa05226769 Nguyen Huu Vinh, known as blogger Anh Ba Sam, stands during his trial in Hanoi, Vietnam 23 March 2016. Vinh, 59, a former police officer, was accused of 'abusing democratic freedoms to infringe the state interests', according to media report. EPA/STR

Australia journalists held for trying to question Malaysia PM

Mar 13, 2016 - 4:44 PM

3rd UPDATE The journalists passports are returned to them but they can t leave Malaysia

Najib Razak

Indonesian politicians suggest banning websites that back LGBT

Mar 03, 2016 - 11:18 PM

The House of Representatives suggests that the state should shut down online sites which promote LGBT content

Resist 'religious correctness', press body urges on Charlie anniversary

Jan 07, 2016 - 11:29 PM

The group s call comes after the Vatican decries the controversial cover of Charlie Hebdo that pictures a God figure on the run carrying a gun

A picture taken on January 7, 2016 shows a makeshift memorial for the victims of Paris attacks at the Place de la Republique in Paris, as France holds official ceremonies marking a year since a jihadist attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, with the French satirical magazine defiantly reasserting its provocative spirit.

'Je Suis Charlie,' one year on

Jan 07, 2016 - 6:31 PM

Though the terror threat in France is serious the bigger threat is hatred

'L'ASSASSIN COURT TOJOURS' A man reads a copy of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's one-year anniversary edition of last year's January attacks near the makeshift memorial site on Place de la Republique in Paris, France, January 6, 2016. Ian Langsdon/EPA

Indonesian literary festival cancels 1960s massacre events

Oct 25, 2015 - 7:34 PM

A statement on the festival website said the cancelations came after increased scrutiny from local authorities

Turkish teen detained for 'insulting' Erdogan freed by court

Oct 22, 2015 - 10:41 PM

The boy is accused of insulting Erdogan on Facebook a crime that carries up to four years in prison

TURKISH CHIEF. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Helicopter missing, scores dead in Turkey blast

Oct 12, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other top stories include the arrival of international aid to combat forest fires and a long term investment between Indonesia and PT Freeport Indonesia

INTERNATIONAL HELP. Malaysian aircrew members stand in front of the Bombardier 415 Superscooper aircraft as they arrive at Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin airport in Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia to help combat forest fires. Photo by EPA

Student arrested for posting video on YouTube of cops accepting bribes

Oct 10, 2015 - 1:06 PM

Following the arrest people across Indonesia took to Twitter and Facebook condemning the district police via campaigns with hashtags like SaveAdlunFiqri

ARRESTED. Adlun Fiqri, center, was arrested by cops in Indonesia for alleged 'crime of slander' after he uploaded a bribery video online. Photo from Adlun's Facebook

Singapore teen in anti-Lee video to undergo mental tests

Jun 23, 2015 - 3:41 PM

Amos Yee 16 will be remanded at the Institute of Mental Health for two weeks to undergo further examination after previously being declared mentally and physically fit for an 18 month stint in a reformatory

CONTROVERSY. Amos Yee, pictured here in a framegrab from the video where he criticized Lee Kuan Yew. YouTube/BoomerangDog