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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


Malacañang vows justice for slain priest, radio broadcaster

May 03, 2018 - 5:32 PM

'We will investigate that and punish the murderers,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, referring to the cases of priest Mark Ventura and radio broadcaster Edmund Sestoso

On World Press Freedom Day, rights groups urge public to support journalists

May 03, 2018 - 1:14 PM

This year's celebration of the global event comes amid continuing attacks against the Philippine press, says Human Rights Watch

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Bakit takot sa media ang mga diktador?

Apr 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Kung paanong magkaiba ang katotohanan at kasinungalingan, ganoon ding magkasalungat ang demokrasya at diktadura

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 27, 2018

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

INTER-KOREAN SUMMIT. This screengrab from the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) taken on April 27, 2018 shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un (L) and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in walking together past the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries at Panmunjeom. AFP PHOTO / KOREAN BROADCASTING SYSTEM (KBS)

Philippines down 6 spots in 2018 World Press Freedom Index

Apr 26, 2018 - 4:35 PM

'The dynamism of the media [in the Philippines] has also been checked by the emergence of a leader who wants to show he is all powerful,' says media watchdog Reporters Without Borders

NUJP: Expanded ban on Rappler by Malacañang 'a low point in pettiness'

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:12 PM

The NUJP adds. 'this show of vindictiveness is not just pathetically childish, more worrisome is it shows Duterte’s penchant for taking shortcuts in a case that is still pending before the courts'

Duterte says he banned Rappler due to 'twisted' reporting

Mar 02, 2018 - 9:58 AM

This contradicts earlier statements from Malacañang officials, including President Rodrigo Duterte himself, that the ban on Rappler stems from the Securities and Exchange Commission's decision to revoke the media company's registration

RATIONALE FOR BAN. President Rodrigo Duterte says he imposed the Palace coverage ban on Rappler because it 'twisted' what he says in speeches. With him are Special Assistant to the President Bong Go (middle) and top cop Ronald dela Rosa at the opening ceremony of a SWAT event in Davao City on March 1, 2018.   Photo by Kiwi Bulaclac/Presidential Photo

Robredo supports #WalkOutPH: 'Don’t stifle dissent' of youth

Feb 23, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the Filipino youth have long been leading the charge to stand up against tyranny in the country

GIVING A VOICE TO THE YOUTH. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech before students of the Ateneo de Naga University on February 3, 2018.

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, January 29-February 3, 2018

Feb 04, 2018 - 9:50 AM

Must-watch videos this week

#DefendPressFreedom: Media under attack

Jan 30, 2018 - 9:17 PM

A compilation of stories and opinion about threats to the Philippine media

READ: Rappler's verified explanation submitted to SEC

Jan 30, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Here's a full copy of the verified explanation that Rappler gave the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 29, 2017

SEC order meant to silence us, muzzle free expression – Rappler

Jan 29, 2018 - 7:26 PM

'We cited in our petition the serious substantive irregularities in the SEC decision as well as the steps that the Commission skipped when it handled our case with undue haste. We cannot but conclude that the order's real purpose is to silence us and muzzle free expression.'

Rappler takes SEC case to the Court of Appeals

Jan 29, 2018 - 7:21 PM

(UPDATED) Rappler's petition for review cites procedural and substantive processes which were violated, and points out how Rappler's PDRs were singled out

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'

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

SEC order vs Rappler ‘bad for democracy’ – Drilon

Jan 20, 2018 - 7:25 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the Securities and Exchange Commission should have given Rappler more time to address its alleged violations

'BAD FOR DEMOCRACY.' Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the SEC's order for Rappler to shut down is a "cause of concern." File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

[OPINION] Case vs Rappler not a freedom of the press issue? Please.

Jan 19, 2018 - 6:32 PM

The case against Rappler is just part of President Duterte's war against the critical press

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)

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 25, 2017

May 25, 2017 - 11:43 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Thursday

Amazon's Bezos gives $1 million to press freedom watchdog

May 24, 2017 - 11:03 PM

The gift from Bezos who also owns the Washington Post newspaper is announced at the organization s awards dinner on Tuesday May 23

DONATION. (R-L) CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos and writer MacKenzie Bezos attend the Amazon Studios Oscar Celebration at Delilah on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images/AFP

Global press freedom at 13-year low – survey

Apr 28, 2017 - 1:56 PM

Political leaders and other partisan forces in many democracies – including the United States Poland the Philippines and South Africa – attacked the credibility of independent media and fact based journalism

Media 'never under so much threat', says watchdog

Apr 26, 2017 - 1:25 PM

The annual World Press Freedom Index warns of the highly toxic media bashing saying the situation is at a tipping point

This picture taken on May 21, 2014 shows microphones of reporters working for TV stations sitting on a table ahead of a press conference at the Army club in Bangkok.  Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

House panel approves FOI bill with 8 exceptions

Feb 15, 2017 - 4:10 PM

House public information committee chairperson Antonio Tinio says the FOI bill aims to flesh out the policy of full public disclosure in the country

APPROVED. The House committee on public information chaired by ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio (1st from right) approves the FOI bill. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Calabarzon elementary students dominate #NSPC2017

Jan 25, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Let us use our abilities to start change now and strengthen freedom of information through campus journalism DepEd Assistant Secretary Tonicito Umali urges NSPC winners

CAMPUS JOURNALISTS. The National School's Press Conference (NSPC) is the biggest annual contest for campus journalists in the Philippines organized annually by the DepEd. Photo by Shanne Almazan/ Rappler

NUJP condemns threats against Reuters reporters

Oct 03, 2016 - 9:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s appeal to his supporters not to harm journalists seems to have fallen on deaf ears says the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

Somalia pressed over media freedom, journalist death toll

Sep 04, 2016 - 8:40 PM

A United Nations report says a total of 30 journalists were killed in Somalia between August 2012 and June 2016

United Nations soldiers secure a partially-crumbled perimeter wall following twin car bombings outside the UN's office in Mogadishu on July 26, 2016.  At least 13 people were killed on July 26 in twin bombings near UN and African Union buildings adjoining Mogadishu's airport, police said, in what the jihadist Shabaab group claimed as a suicide attack. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB

Replacement ballots, Freedom House, Diwata-1 | 12PM wRap

Apr 28, 2016 - 12:54 PM

Watch Rappler s 12PM newscast with Chay Hofileña

New fears for press freedoms as Hong Kong editor sacked

Apr 20, 2016 - 10:20 PM

Keung Kwok yuen is fired from investigative newspaper Ming Pao – a move his fellow employees condemn as unjust

epa05244793 General view of the business district of Central in Hong Kong, China, 05 April 2016. Hong Kong has been named as one of the top ten countires where intermediaries according to records revealed in the so-called 'Panama Papers'. Millions of leaked documents published on 03 April 2016 suggest that 140 politicians and officials from around the globe, including 72 former and current world leaders, have connections with secret 'offshore' companies to escape tax scrutiny in their countries. The leak involves 11.5 million documents from one of the world's largest offshore law firms, Mossack Fonseca, based in Panama. The investigation dubbed 'The Panama Papers' was undertaken and headed by German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung and Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), with the collaboration of reporters from more than 100 media outlets in 78 countries around the world. EPA/JEROME FAVRE

Comelec chair discriminated vs Internet-based media – Justice Leonen

Apr 06, 2016 - 6:02 PM

The effort to inform the public on substantial issues pertaining to the coming elections should not be purchased at the cost of the fundamental freedoms of those with less capital Justice Marvic Leonen says

Turkey police fire plastic bullets at opposition paper rally

Mar 05, 2016 - 8:38 AM

4th UPDATE The Turkish press has experienced one of the darkest days in its history says the Zaman newspaper

RAID. A handout picture released by the Zaman Daily News shows Turkish riot police raid Zaman newspaper building to take over the control, in Istanbul, Turkey, March 4, 2016. Handout photo by Talha Sertturk/Zaman Daily News/EPA

Hong Kong leader 'very concerned' over missing booksellers

Jan 04, 2016 - 3:24 PM

Leung: Only legal enforcement agencies in Hong Kong have the legal authority to enforce laws in Hong Kong

SHUT. A 'Closed' sign hangs on the door of the Causeway Bay Books store in Hong Kong, China, January 2, 2016. Jerome Favre/EPA

HK photographer facing Thai jail for ballistic vest

Aug 24, 2015 - 2:42 PM

Basic personal protection equipment commonly used by media around the world such as gas masks ballistic vests and helmets are classified as weapons under Thailand s Arms Control Act

Erdogan lashes out at foreign media ahead of Turkey polls

Jun 06, 2015 - 8:35 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticizes foreign media amid growing concerns over an erosion of freedom of expression in Turkey under his rule

File photo by Rasit Aydogan/EPA

UN urges Myanmar to ensure press freedom during elections

May 03, 2015 - 5:24 PM

The call comes amid international concerns that Myanmar is backtracking on media freedoms won since the country began emerging from outright military rule in 2011

SC junks Comelec limits on airtime of political ads

Sep 02, 2014 - 3:27 PM

The Comelec wanted to revert to the original rule of 120 minutes for all stations instead of 120 minutes per station but the High Court says it was arbitrary

Parents of Al-Jazeera journalist make 'horrendous' Egypt jail visit

Jul 04, 2014 - 11:18 AM

Had we had a small bucket between us as we were sharing hugs it might have even overflowed with tears and sobs says the father of convicted journalist Peter Greste

World Press Freedom Day: Where the PH stands

May 03, 2014 - 8:57 AM

As we celebrate World Press Freedom Day on Saturday May 3 let s take a look at how some organizations assess the Philippine media

Iran bans 3rd reformist paper

Apr 26, 2014 - 9:13 PM

Iran bans a newspaper because of a story it ran regarding the replacement of prison chiefs due to cases of violence against political prisoners

Roll out red carpet for Internet users, senators told

Mar 03, 2014 - 6:54 PM

The Philippines continues to violate an international treaty on freedom of expression with its libel laws groups say

DECRIMINALIZE LIBEL. The Senate committee on science and technology holds its first hearing on proposed amendments to the Cybercrime Prevention Act. Senate PRIB photo

PH drops anew in press freedom rankings

Feb 12, 2014 - 8:02 PM

PH ranks 149 out of 180 countries – dropping from 147 in 2013 and 140 in 2012

Tech giants align, call for transparency

Jul 18, 2013 - 8:00 PM

At least 63 companies advocates and trade groups have joined forces to ask the US government for greater transparency with national security issues

BETTER TRANSPARENCY. More than 60 companies and organizations have banded together to demand greater transparency in US government surveillance.

On Press Freedom Day, media groups call for an end to impunity

May 04, 2013 - 8:58 PM

NUJP celebrates journalists who stand against media kilings and soar high for a freer press

STOP IMPUNITY. Members of media organizations including NUJP, CMFR, Photojournalists' Center of the Philipines, Philippine Press Institute and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism each fly a kite with letter that spell out the words "Free Press." All photos by Keith Mariano/RAPPLER