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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

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

First consultation meeting to address PH journalists' safety takes place

Nov 10, 2018 - 4:21 AM

The first multi-stakeholder meeting was organized by the Asian Institute of Journalism Communication and the International Media Support

Exiled China author in Hong Kong as arts center agrees to host talks

Nov 09, 2018 - 9:31 PM

The director of Tai Kwun arts complex, host of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, says it has reconsidered and would host the two talks of Ma Jian

Photo from the Twitter of Ma Jian

Signature drive launched vs tapping journalists as drug operations witnesses

Nov 09, 2018 - 7:16 PM

The police practice of pressuring media practitioners to sign anti-drug operation reports as witnesses puts them in physical danger and in conflict-of-interest situations. #PHnews

MANIFESTO. Representatives from media organizations and outlets affix their signatures on the 'Sign Against the Sign' manifesto to show support of the campaign. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

Maria Ressa receives journalism award, appeals to tech giants, government officials

Nov 09, 2018 - 1:17 PM

'Consider making the same tough business decisions our little company made to protect the public sphere and to ensure democracy survives,' Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa says after accepting the Knight International Journalism Award in Washington, DC

Maria Ressa receives the 2018 Knight International Journalism Award in Washington, DC. Screenshots courtesy of ICFJ

LIVE: ICFJ 2018 Awards Night

Nov 09, 2018 - 6:30 AM

Watch the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) Awards Dinner live from Washington DC

Jailed Myanmar Reuters reporters file appeal

Nov 05, 2018 - 5:31 PM

'We filed an appeal today on behalf of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo because the trial court's ruling was wrong,' says Reuters president and editor-in-chief Stephen J Adler

JAILED. The two Reuters journalists face 7 years in prison after allegedly obtaining classified documents illegally. Wa Lone photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP, Kyaw Soe Oo photo by Aung Kyaw Htet/AFP.

#TruthNeverDies: 'Killing a journalist does not kill the truth'

Nov 02, 2018 - 10:07 PM

Media from around the world take part in a global campaign calling for the end of impunity against journalist

Photo courtesy of UNESCO

Despite improved status, PH ranks 5th on Global Impunity Index

Nov 02, 2018 - 5:08 PM

The Philippines has been on the impunity list for 11 years, and still has 40 unsolved cases out of a population of 104.9 million

[OPINION] A new level of audacity for impunity and journalist murders

Nov 01, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The world marks November 2, International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, at a time when threats to journalistic endeavor are more widespread than ever

END IMPUNITY. Photo from Shutterstock

PIA feeds Bacolod journalists interview questions for Bong Go

Oct 27, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The Philippine Information Agency’s support for the activities of a non-government official, especially one running for senator, goes against its stated functions

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

Saudi says Turkish probe shows Khashoggi murder 'premeditated'

Oct 26, 2018 - 10:02 AM

It is the latest twist in the shifting official narrative of the October 2 killing inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul

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

Rights group pushes for U.N. convention to protect journalists

Oct 23, 2018 - 2:21 PM

An initial meeting at UN headquarters brings together 15 countries, including Greece, Russia, Pakistan, Peru, Italy and Tunisia, International Federation of Journalists head Anthony Bellanger says

STANDING UP FOR JOURNALISTS. Members of the International Federation of Journalists at the United Nations. Image from ifj.org

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The Jamal Khashoggi in each of us

Oct 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Decent nations and people around the world must see this through and call for justice. To remain silent is to allow tyrants in sheep's clothing to also chop off our freedom.

Khashoggi fallout: Saudi conference no-shows

Oct 19, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Here's a list of corporate heavies who said they were pulling out of a an upcoming investment conference in Saudi Arabia, following the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

BACKFIRE. Portraits of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulazziz (right) and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are seen on October 18, 2018 in Riyadh. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Pompeo holds crisis talks in Riyadh on missing journalist

Oct 16, 2018 - 8:42 PM

US top diplomat Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi King Salman to seek answers about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia's King Salman (R) meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Riyadh on October 16, 2018. Pompeo arrived in the Saudi capital for talks with King Salman on what happened to missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. LEAH MILLIS / POOL / AFP

Journalist murder a toxic mystery in Malta one year on

Oct 14, 2018 - 10:40 AM

'One person was killed, nobody has been punished, nothing has changed,' says the sister of slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

ONE YEAR ON. Justice remains elusive for family, friends, colleagues, and supporters of slain Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Photo from Justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia Facebook page.

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

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

Financial Times journalist given 7 days to leave Hong Kong

Oct 08, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Victor Mallet, the Financial Times' Asia news editor and a British national, angers authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong by hosting a speech at the city's press club by Andy Chan, the leader of a tiny pro-independence political party

PROTEST. Chris Yeung (C), Chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalist Association, stands next to Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC) president Florence de Changy (2nd R) and legislator Claudia Mo (R) as they speak to journalists outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 8, 2018, before handing over petitions calling for an explanation of the visa rejection of Financial Times journalist Victor Mallet. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Turkey's Erdogan awaits probe results over missing Saudi journalist

Oct 07, 2018 - 10:59 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says they will inform the world 'whatever the outcome'

Journalist brutally murdered in Bulgaria

Oct 07, 2018 - 10:50 PM

A regional prosecutor says the death was caused by blows on the head and suffocation

Journalists slam PNP over door-to-door bid for good coverage

Oct 07, 2018 - 8:14 PM

'Government forces must never harass, intimidate, or attack journalists who are just doing their jobs,' says the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

FOR GOOD COVERAGE. PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde during press conference at Camp Crame on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

Turkey opens probe into missing Saudi journalist

Oct 06, 2018 - 11:15 PM

State-run Anadolu news agency quotes Istanbul prosecutors as saying that an investigation had been launched and had been widened since

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 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

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

Amal Clooney appeals to Suu Kyi for reporters' release

Sep 29, 2018 - 11:03 AM

"She knows that mass murder is not a state secret and that exposing it doesn't turn a journalist into a spy," says human rights lawyer Amal Clooney on the need for free press in Myanmar

JAILED. The two Reuters journalists face 7 years in prison after allegedly obtaining classified documents illegally. Wa Lone photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP, Kyaw Soe Oo photo by Aung Kyaw Htet/AFP.

Suu Kyi defends court decision to jail Reuters reporters

Sep 13, 2018 - 12:41 PM

(UPDATED) 'They were not jailed because they were journalists' but because 'the court has decided that they had broken the Official Secrets Act,' says Aung San Suu Kyi

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

LOOK: Arroyo gives birthday cakes to House journalists

Sep 03, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Leyte 1st District Representative Yedda Romualdez sing 'Happy Birthday' to journalists covering the House and celebrating their birthdays

GREETINGS FORM GMA. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo stands beside House journalists who are celebrating their birthdays on July to September. Photo courtesy of Perfecto Camero

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

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

Bodies of Russian journalists killed in Central Africa brought to Moscow

Aug 05, 2018 - 6:51 PM

The 3 journalists were reporting on the so-called Wagner Group, a company that sends Russian mercenaries to hotspots such as Syria and Ukraine

Bangladeshi editor attacked outside courtroom

Jul 25, 2018 - 10:48 AM

Mahmudur Rahman, who was the editor of an opposition-aligned newspaper, is allegedly attacked by a pro-government organization

Pro-opposition Bangladeshi newspaper editor Mahmudur Rahman appears in court following his arrest in Dhaka on April 11, 2013. Bangladesh police arrested the editor of an influential pro-opposition newspaper on Thursday after he was accused of sedition and inciting religious tension in the Muslim-majority nation. AFP PHOTO/ STR / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

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Jul 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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De Lima files bill to shield campus journalists from harassment

Jul 15, 2018 - 1:11 PM

This comes after San Beda Senior High School stopped 'The Bedan Roar' from releasing its edition that tackled President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign

CAMPUS PRESS FREEDOM. Senator Leila de Lima wants a new law to protect campush journalists. Rappler screeshot

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

US reporters fight back with words after colleagues gunned down

Jun 29, 2018 - 11:24 PM

Thursday's shooting was one of the worst attacks ever to target journalists in the United States, and local media said police had stepped up security at other news organizations

JOURNALISTS FIGHT BACK. A reporter buys a Capital Gazette newspaper on June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Maryland. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

How to end misogyny: A call to real action for news organizations

Jun 20, 2018 - 9:23 AM

An epic ‘manel’, sexist jokes about breasts, and on-stage sexual harassment at the World News Congress in Portugal put the gap between acknowledging gender inequality and actually empowering women into stark relief. In response, senior international news professionals write this open letter.

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Jun 18, 2018 - 10:05 PM

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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

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Jun 18, 2018 - 2:00 PM

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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'

NUJP to gov't: Don't require media as witness in anti-drug operations

Jun 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The presence of media in anti-illegal drugs raids and apprehensions should be limited to 'coverage for journalism purposes,' the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines says in a resolution

POLICE OPERATIONS. The NUJP is requesting the government to not require media practitioners to sign as witnesses in anti-illegal drug operations. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Mindanao journos, Reporters Without Borders condemn killing of Denora

Jun 08, 2018 - 8:34 PM

RSF says Dennis Denora is the 6th journalist murdered during the term of President Rodrigo Duterte

Anti-Kremlin journalist back from the dead as Ukraine admits set-up

May 30, 2018 - 11:20 PM

(UPDATED) The reporter Arkady Babchenko apologizes to his wife and defiantly promises on Twitter to 'die at 96 after dancing on Putin's grave'

ALIVE. Russian anti-Kremlin journalist Arkady Babchenko (right) and head of Ukraine's security service Vasyl Grytsak react during a press conference at Ukrainian Security Service in Kiev on May 30, 2018. Photo by  Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Murder of anti-Kremlin war reporter shocks Russian opposition

May 30, 2018 - 8:42 PM

Ukrainian authorities blame Russia's 'totalitarian machine' for his murder, while Moscow denies the charges and the Kremlin warns that Kiev had become 'a very dangerous place' for journalists

Flowers lay under a picture of the 41-year-old anti-Kremlin reporter Arkady Babchenko on the memorial wall of Moscow's journalists house in Moscow on May 30, 2018. The prominent Russian war correspondent and former soldier was shot dead on May 29 evening in an apparent contract-style killing in the stairwell of his building in Kiev. He had moved to the Ukrainian capital last year following a campaign of harassment in Moscow. Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP