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#HandsOffKule: UP student groups hit attempted ‘surveillance’ of Philippine Collegian

Nov 18, 2019 - 4:07 PM

The Union of Journalists of the Philippines-UP slams the 'blatant intimidation' against student publications

Indonesian palm oil exec arrested over journalist killings

Nov 09, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Indonesian police arrest businessman Wibharry Padmoasmolo as the suspected mastermind in the killing of two journalists in North Sumatra

SUSPECTS. This picture taken on November 8, 2019 shows Indonesian local police chief inspector general Agus Adrianto (left) asking a question to suspect in the killing of  journalists in Medan, North Sumatra. Photo by Dedi Hermawan/AFP

2 suspects in killing of Dumaguete radio broadcaster arrested

Nov 08, 2019 - 9:52 AM

Police identify inactive police officer Glenn Corsame and a Teddy Reyes Salaw as suspects in the killing of radio broadcaster Dindo Generoso

SUSPECTS ARRESTED. 2 suspects are arrested in connection with the killing of radio announcer Dindo Generoso. Photo from Generoso's Facebook page

Radio broadcaster shot dead in Dumaguete City

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:41 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Radio announcer Dindo Generoso is shot dead on his way to work in Dumaguete City

[OPINION] End impunity, free expression!

Nov 02, 2019 - 11:00 AM

On this International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, it's important to recognize the essential link between the right to freedom of expression and the right to information. Journalists are too often the direct targets when either right is under attack, and ultimately – we are all victims.

PH has most number of unsolved journalist killings – report

Oct 29, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The 2019 Global Impunity Index lists 41 unsolved media killings in the Philippines over the last 10 years

9 YEARS. Candles lit in the shape of number 9 in commemoration of the 9 years since Maguindanao Massacre. Photo by Jaira Krishelle Balboa/Rappler

Citing lack of evidence, Ressa asks Manila court to dismiss cyber libel case

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Rappler, its CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa, and former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr file a demurrer with Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa attends to her arraignment on Tuesday, April 16, 2018, at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46. Ressa and her co-accused, former Rappler researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr, pleaded not guilty to one count of cyber libel before Judge Montesa. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

10 countries cited for extreme media censorship – watchdog

Sep 10, 2019 - 3:17 PM

The report by the Committee to Protect Journalists says the worst regimes have media serving 'as a mouthpiece of the state, and any independent journalism is conducted from exile'

Maria Ressa to U.S. journalists: What happened to PH can happen to you

Sep 08, 2019 - 12:31 PM

The US-based Society of Professional Journalists honors Ressa, Terry Anderson, Nick Ut, and Jamal Khashoggi for their courage and contribution to the profession

SPJ honors Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, photojournalist Nick Ut (left) and former foreign correspondent Terry Anderson. Rappler photo

Media groups in Mindanao slam red-tagging of CDO journalists

Aug 31, 2019 - 12:09 AM

The Mindanao Independent Press Council calls for a dialogue between journalists and security forces 'to tackle the problem of red-tagging...as a matter that hinges on human rights'

RED-TAGGED. Froilan Gallardo and Cong Corrales are again involved in a recent red-tagging incident in Cagayan de Oro City. File photos from Facebook

Maria Ressa, 3 others named SPJ Fellows of Society

Aug 29, 2019 - 12:59 PM

The Society of Professional Journalists honors Maria Ressa, Terry Anderson, Nick Ut, and the late Jamal Khashoggi for their 'extraordinary contribution to the profession of journalism'

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa as she pleads not guilty on the 4 cases of tax evasion charges lodged at her and the online news organinzation. April 3, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

NUJP calls on officials to protect red-tagged journalists, personalities in CDO

Aug 28, 2019 - 8:38 PM

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines laments 'the apparent lack of interest of local government and security units to protect those so threatened'

Sandiganbayan denies PCGG appeal over Batangas beachfront property

Aug 26, 2019 - 11:37 PM

The anti-graft court upholds its April 2019 order for the Presidential Commission on Good Government to reimburse Ramon Quisumbing P40 million for the improvements on the property

DENIED. The Sandiganbayan denies the government's appeal over a contested property in Mabini, Batangas. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

College editors’ alliance slams red-tagging of campus pub in Eastern Visayas

Aug 21, 2019 - 6:04 PM

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines calls on all publications to remain vigilant and continue to 'persistently uncover the true state of our society'

Photo courtesy of The Pillar

Rappler's Bacolod correspondent tailed by 'suspicious' man

Aug 04, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The man, who was aboard a motorcycle, followed journalist Marchel Espina for almost 18 kilometers

3 journalists slain in Mexico in a week

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:16 PM

Since 2000, around 100 reporters have been killed in Mexico

JOURNALISTS KILLED. View of bloodstain at the site where Mexican journalist Francisco Romero was murdered in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo state on May 16, 2019. RODRIGO ARANGUA / AFP

Protect Palawan from disinformation, journalists urge students

Jul 29, 2019 - 1:41 PM

At a time when online hate spreads like wildfire and affects public discourse on social media, Rappler news editor Miriam Grace Go urges students to amplify real voices online

At least 400 campus journalists, student organization leaders, school paper advisers, and other stakeholders joined #MovePalawan: Social Good in the Digital Age forum at Palawan State University on Thursday, July 25, 2019.

Davao journalist arrested for owning unlicensed gun

Jul 25, 2019 - 10:33 AM

Journalists in Mindanao say they want to defend themselves but legally owning a gun is difficult because of the island-wide martial law. They say: 'If we try to defend ourselves, we go to jail. If we do not, we die.'

CEGP urges CHED: 'Act on complaints vs campus press freedom violations'

Jul 24, 2019 - 4:10 PM

'The vanguards of light and truth in various campuses are being the next targets of control by the government and school administrations,' says College Editors Guild of the Philippines national president Daryl Angelo Baybado

Journalist gunned down in Kidapawan City

Jul 11, 2019 - 9:29 AM

Brigada News-Kidapawan City radio broadcaster Eduardo Dizon is shot dead by unidentified suspects along the national highway of Kidapawan City

U.N. Khashoggi report piles pressure on Saudi crown prince

Jun 21, 2019 - 7:05 AM

UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard's report insists there is 'credible evidence' to warrant further investigation and financial sanctions against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over Khashoggi's murder last October

This combination of pictures created on June 20, 2019 shows a file photo taken on December 15, 2014 of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (L) during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama and a file photo taken on April 12, 2018 of Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman poses at La Moncloa palace in Madrid. There is "credible evidence" linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, a UN expert said on June 19, 2019 calling for sanctions on the prince's foreign assets. The conclusion was outlined in a report by the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard. Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and critic of Prince Mohammed, was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. His dismembered body has not been found. Riyadh initially said it had no knowledge of his fate, but later blamed the murder on rogue agents.  MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH, OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP

NUJP hails 'show of unity' of Cagayan de Oro journalists against red-tagging

May 28, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Media groups in Cagayan de Oro destroy a streamer red-tagging organizations, which was hung by unidentified persons on the first day of the city's Press Freedom Week

APPROPRIATE. Several groups and individuals burn a streamer red-tagging various journalists and human rights groups in Cagayan de Oro City on Monday, May 27. Photo from National Union of Journalists of the Philippines Facebook Page

Attacks vs journalists, social media blocks in Indonesia amid election riots – IFJ

May 23, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Media groups say at least 7 journalists were reportedly attacked while they were covering the protests, while social media platforms WhatsApp and Facebook were blocked

RIOT. Indonesian anti-riot police clash with protesters during a demonstration against Indonesia's President Joko Widodo's victory in the recent election in Jakarta on May 22, 2019. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Freedom of expression in Myanmar still 'dire' – U.N.

May 07, 2019 - 9:01 PM

'Of course, they should never have been arrested or convicted in the first place,' United Nations human rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani says of the two Reuters journalists

RELEASED. Reuters journalists Wa Lone (R) and Kyaw Soe Oo celebrate with their children after being freed freed from Insein prison after a presidential amnesty in Yangon on May 7, 2019. Photo by Ann Wang/Pool/AFP

Journalism is a crime in a fake world

May 03, 2019 - 8:27 AM

The job of a journalist takes place in a world that is drugged with online disinformation and where journalism is treated like a crime

Malacañang task force asks CMFR, NUJP, media groups about Maguindanao massacre aid

Apr 26, 2019 - 5:46 PM

A media watchdog decries this as a fishing expedition meant to 'demonize independent and non-profit media organizations'

Two teenagers arrested after killing Northern Ireland journalist

Apr 20, 2019 - 3:59 PM

(UPDATED) Detectives hunting the gunman has released footage of the unrest, hoping that the community would help trace her killers

JOURNALIST. A handout picture released by Jess Lowe Photography on April 19, 2019 and taken on May 19, 2017 shows journalist and author Lyra McKee posing for a photograph in Belfast. Photo courtesy of Jess Lowe

PH media face 'oppressive, alarming' conditions – global group

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Representatives of the New-York based Committee to Protect Journalists, who are on a visit to the Philippines, meet with Malacañang and Department of Justice officials

STATE OF MEDIA. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) holds a press conference in Manila on April 16, 2019, on its findings on the state of Philippine media. Photo by Rappler

Rule of law key to journalists' survival in global 'war for truth'

Apr 13, 2019 - 8:52 AM

The 'war for truth…is a war we cannot lose in democracies' like the Philippines, says Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa

PROTECT JOURNALISTS. Journalists including Zaffar Abbas (2-L), Maria Ressa, and Yavuz Baydar (R) discuss what it takes to protect journalists in countries where there is a continuing climate of fear and intimidation. Screenshot from the International Journalism Festival's YouTube channel

2 workers killed, 2 wounded in Cebu coffee shop shooting

Apr 11, 2019 - 1:48 PM

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines condemns the 'culture of killing and impunity' that emboldened the killers. One of the fatalities is a campus journalist.

Malacañang orders Rappler correspondent kicked out of PDP-Laban’s CDO rally

Mar 25, 2019 - 9:57 PM

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines also documents how Bobby Lagsa was 'evicted' from the event hours before President Duterte arrived

Journalist shot dead in southern Honduras

Mar 18, 2019 - 8:29 AM

Police says Leonardo Gabriel Hernandez, a TV reporter, was shot and wounded in the street and taken to a clinic, where he died

KILLED. Screen capture of Honduran news site Criterio.hn showing Valle TV reporter Leonardo Garbriel Hernandez.

Journalists urged not to aid trial by publicity over narco list

Mar 07, 2019 - 7:54 PM

‘Government, media can’t play fast, loose with due process and rule of law,’ says the statement of journalists and media organizations on list of alleged ‘narco politicians’

Hundreds of journalists protest vs censorship in Croatia

Mar 03, 2019 - 12:33 PM

'Enough of persecution of journalists...it has gone on for decades,' says Croatian journalist Hrvoje Zovko

BATTLE VS CENSORSHIP. Croatian journalists take it to the streets of capital Zagreb to condemn law suits on media outlets. Shutterstock photos

‘Don't be a headline reader’: Cagayano journalists speak up against disinformation

Mar 01, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Seasoned and campus journalists discuss the importance of verifying and fact-checking during the #MoveCagayan forum at Cagayan State University

Rappler, NUJP ask Duterte to lift coverage ban

Feb 20, 2019 - 7:34 PM

The now one-year order of President Rodrigo Duterte to ban Rappler from covering his events 'has gone on too long,' says the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

PhilStar.com takedown of Keng story 'unfortunate' – NUJP

Feb 17, 2019 - 5:04 PM

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines says the article takedown proves that government's 'twisting the law' has a chilling effect on media

RESIST. The National Union of Journalists says Filipino Journalist may stand up to attempts that seek to silence the press.

NUJP website latest target of 'coordinated campaign' vs critical news

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:16 AM

Attacks continue after earlier hits on Bulatlat, Kodao Productions, and Pinoy Weekly


Journalists, institutions decry 'absurd legal attack' against Rappler

Feb 07, 2019 - 3:24 PM

(UPDATED) Journalist groups and institutions denounce the weaponization of anti-cybercrime laws

IN PHOTOS: Campus journalists set energy high in NSPC 2019 opening

Jan 29, 2019 - 3:11 PM

This year's National Schools Press Conference theme is anchored on 'Fostering 21st century skills and character-based education through campus journalism'

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

Baguio council backs NUJP bid to exempt journalists as drug case witnesses

Jan 18, 2019 - 4:03 PM

Baguio City Vice Mayor Edison Bilog says the council wants 'to protect the integrity and welfare of media practitioners'

NUJP slams 'orchestrated effort to intimidate us into silence'

Jan 08, 2019 - 12:23 PM

'As they say, stupid is as stupid does,' the NUJP says of the allegation that it is a legal front of the Communist Party of the Philippines

NUJP. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines slams the 'orchestrated effort' to intimidate and silence the media watchdog.  Image from NUJP Facebook.

Saudi prosecutor seeks death sentences as Khashoggi murder trial opens

Jan 03, 2019 - 10:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'The public prosecutor... is seeking capital punishment for 5 of the defendants for their direct involvement in the murder,' the prosecution says in a statement

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

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

Riding-in-tandem gunmen kill radio announcer in Negros Oriental

Dec 28, 2018 - 12:42 PM

(UPDATED) Police suspect radio announcer Gabriel 'Kumander Aguila' Alburo was killed over a cockfighting bet but are looking at other motives for the attack as well

Sudan journalists strike as more protests urged

Dec 27, 2018 - 6:58 PM

Sudanese Journalists' Network declares a 3-day strike against violence unleashed by authorities, joining other groups in protests brought by bread price hikes

STRIKE. Idris Suleiman, Sudan's ex-minister of international cooperation and political secretary of the Popular Congress Party, speaks during a press conference at the party's headquarters in the capital Khartoum on December 26, 2018. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/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'

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