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[ANALYSIS] #DefendMediaFreedom: Time to act at an existential moment

Jul 24, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Four reasons why the Global Media Freedom Conference may mark 'the beginning of an era of change' to protect journalists and democracy

[ANALYSIS] The global fight for media freedom: Why it matters

Jul 19, 2019 - 1:46 PM

It's not enough to just defend media freedom, we must proactively support it. And that requires serious investment – in will, advocacy, and real money.

Iceland's foreign secretary: Govt's, civil society must unite to protect journalists

Jul 13, 2019 - 6:01 PM

At the Global Media Freedom Conference in London, Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson says Iceland 'will increasingly prioritize media freedom' in its work at the UNHRC, which has just adopted its proposed resolution urging action on the rising number of killings in the Philippines. Here is his full speech.

ICELAND'S FOREIGN MINISTER. Iceland's Foreign Minister at the United Nations. Photo from the Government of Iceland website

Jeremy Hunt: 'No place for neutrality' in fight for media freedom

Jul 13, 2019 - 3:35 PM

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt explains why everyone must stand with those who seek to report the truth and bring the facts to light. Here is his full speech at the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London.

FIGHT FOR MEDIA FREEDOM. Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt takes part in a panel discussion at the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London on July 10, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP

Amal Clooney: Duterte gov’t after Maria Ressa over human rights abuses exposés

Jul 11, 2019 - 12:40 PM

'Journalists who expose abuses face arrest while those who commit the abuses do so with impunity,' says international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney

Lebanese-British human-rights lawyer Amal Clooney holds a press briefing on her Media Freedom Campaign on April 5, 2019 in Dinard, western France, on the margins of the G7 Foreign ministers meeting to prepare the G7 Summit in Biarritz which will take place from August 25 to 27, 2019.  Damien MEYER / AFP

Countries that harm journalists must pay 'diplomatic price' – UK

Jul 11, 2019 - 8:39 AM

'If we act together we can shine a spotlight on abuses and impose a diplomatic price on those who would harm journalists or lock them up for doing their jobs,' says British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

PRESS FREEDOM. Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt takes part in a panel discussion at the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London on July 10, 2019. Photo by Tolga AKMEN/AFP

WATCH: Global Conference for Media Freedom 2019

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:23 PM

This conference brings together countries and organizations taking action to defend media freedom

'More courageous investors' needed in media, journalism

Jul 10, 2019 - 8:12 PM

'If you value democracy you need to realize it can’t function without journalism. It’s the lifeline of democracy.... We need more courageous investors in the media space,' says Nienke Venema of Stichting Demacratie en Media

[OPINION] Immediate, decisive action required to protect journalists

Jul 05, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Without a free and vibrant press, abuses of power go unchecked, corruption increases, and overreaching leaders can distort our democracies

Over 100 attacks vs journalists since Duterte assumed office – monitor

May 03, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The Freedom for Media, Freedom for All Network says it has monitored at least 128 attacks and threats against members of the press since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office

ATTACKS MAPPED. Luis Teodoro leads the presentation of data on attacks against members of the press at the press freedom forum organized by the Freedom for Media, Freedom for All Network. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

UK, Canada underscore role of free press in fostering democracies

Apr 30, 2019 - 10:14 AM

'A free and responsible media is fundamental to an open and democratic society,' says British Ambassador Daniel Pruce at a forum on press freedom and responsibility at the Ateneo de Manila University

WATCH: Media Freedom and Responsibility Forum

Apr 29, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Bookmark this page to watch Pahayag: A Forum on Media Freedom and Responsibility on Monday, April 29

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'

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’

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'

Media groups record 85 attacks on press freedom under Duterte

May 03, 2018 - 6:30 PM

'Separately and together, these 85 cases have made the practice of journalism an even more dangerous endeavor under Duterte,' says Malou Mangahas, executive director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

MEDIA FORUM. PCIJ Director Malou Mangahas at the 'Speak Truth to Power, Keep Power in Check' forum on May 3. 2018, with fellow panelists CMFR Executive Director Melinda Quintos de Jesus, NUJP Director Raymond Villanueva, and PPI Director Ariel Sebellino. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

[OPINION] Speak truth to power, keep power in check

May 03, 2018 - 3:19 PM

Whoever is president, the paramount duty of a free press in a democracy is to defend and uphold the people's right to know, with unqualified courage and unity

Singapore passes terror attack blackout law

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The law allows police to stop anyone within the vicinity of what they deem to be a 'serious incident,' including a terror attack, from taking photos and video or communicating about police operations through text and audio messages

SINGAPORE PARLIAMENT. The parliament building in Singapore. Image from Shutterstock

[OPINION] We’re not here to be your friends

Mar 10, 2018 - 8:30 AM

It's time we call out reporters who are overly chummy with government officials, who ride the wave of this administration's popularity at the cost of critical and impartial reporting and commentary

Slovak police free all suspects held after journalist murder

Mar 03, 2018 - 11:22 PM

In Italy, prosecutors have suggested that the 'Ndrangheta may have been behind the killing of Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova

FUNERAL. A cross stands on the grave of murdered journalist Jan Kuciak, who was slain as he was about to publish an explosive report on alleged high-level corruption linked to the Italian mafia, prior to his funeral at a cemetery in Stiavnik, Slovakia, on March 3, 2018. Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

Media watchdogs slam Malacañang ban on Rappler reporter

Feb 23, 2018 - 7:41 AM

Reporters Without Borders and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility both speak out days after a Rappler reporter was banned from entering the Malacañang complex

#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.'

UN experts slam moves to shut down Rappler

Jan 26, 2018 - 10:13 AM

UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard and two other experts say, 'We are gravely concerned that the government is moving to revoke Rappler's license'

PRESS FREEDOM. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa joins a Black Friday for Press Freedom rally in Quezon City on January 19, 2018, after the Securities and Exchange Commission revoked Rappler's license. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

In FB post, 'Citizen Jake' expresses support for Rappler, press freedom

Jan 24, 2018 - 7:17 PM

'Having lived through the Marcos regime, I thought I had seen the worst that an abusive government can do to its own people,' says director Mike de Leon

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 16, 2018

Jan 16, 2018 - 9:56 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Tuesday.

UNDER ATTACK. This photo illustration shows a woman reading the website of online news portal Rappler in Manila on January 15, 2018. Ted Aljibe/AFP

House opposition: SEC decision vs Rappler 'ironic' attack against press

Jan 15, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Some opposition legislators find it 'ironic' that the Securities and Exchange Commission invoke restrictions on foreign ownership just as the administration pushes for amendments to the Constitution that would allow just that

HOUSE OF THE PEOPLE. Legislators convene at the Batasang Pambansa on December 13, 2017. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Stand with Rappler, defend press freedom

Jan 15, 2018 - 2:34 PM

We will continue bringing you the news, holding the powerful to account for their actions and decisions, calling attention to government lapses that further disempower the disadvantaged. We will hold the line.

[OPINION | Newspoint] A dangerous place

Dec 23, 2017 - 11:10 AM

The Philippines is actually one of the world's most dangerous places not just for journalists but for its very own people

EU condemns Russian 'foreign agent' media law as 'threat'

Nov 26, 2017 - 9:34 PM

President Vladimir Putin has recently signed a law allowing international media to be classified as foreign agent

FOREIGN AGENT. President Vladimir Putin on Saturday, November 25, signs into law the new rules which allow any international media outlet to be classified under the controversial "foreign agent" label by the Ministry of Justice.

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)

Zamboanga mayor denies curtailing press freedom

Oct 14, 2017 - 2:42 PM

Mayor Beng Climaco says the city government was exercising its power to ensure that business establishments comply with business permit requirements

ZAMBOANGA MAYOR. Zamboanga City Mayor Isabelle 'Beng' Climaco talks to reporters after the flag-raising ceremony at the Zamboanga City Hall on September 8, 2014. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Should governments regulate freedom of expression?

Sep 02, 2017 - 10:44 PM

Political experts agree that fake news and social media threaten democracy in Southeast Asia

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Pangulong Duterte, hindi media ang kaaway mo

Aug 28, 2017 - 9:19 AM

Pangulong Duterte, kaaway mo ang mga nagpapalaganap ng kaisipan at paniniwalang ang pagtuligsa sa 'yo ay pagtataksil sa bayan. Kaaway mo ang mga bumubulong na pare-pareho dapat ang ating sinasabi at iniisip.

Duterte's ace against ABS-CBN, the Philippines' biggest network

Aug 18, 2017 - 8:52 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to block ABS-CBN's franchise is a threat to press freedom, experts tell Rappler

ROCKY RELATIONSHIP. President Rodrigo Duterte shares a light moment with Eugenio Lopez III, chairman and CEO of ABS-CBN, during a courtesy call in Malacañang€™ on October 24, 2016. Malacañang file photo

PH media groups release Facebook fake news blocker

Jun 08, 2017 - 10:46 AM

Now available at the Chrome Web Store Fakeblok is the result of a collaboration between the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

FAKEBLOK. The browser plug-in is a collaboration between the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility. Screenshot from FakeBlok/Chrome Web Store

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 31, 2017

Mar 31, 2017 - 10:45 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Friday

2017 fellowship opportunities for female journalists through the IWMF

Jan 25, 2017 - 3:03 PM

The International Women s Media Foundation has released their 2017 programs for female journalists

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

Rappler's Michael Bueza among JVO Journalism Seminar 2016 panelists

Oct 02, 2016 - 7:59 AM

ABS CBN s Gigi Grande is 2016 s Marshall McLuhan Fellow while TV5 s Ed Lingao receives the Award of Distinction

JVO SEMINAR. Ed Lingao, Michael Bueza, Joel Pablo Salud, Gigi Grande, and Ryan Rosauro comprise the panel of journalists during the 2016 Jaime V. Ongpin Journalism Seminar by the CMFR on September 28, 2016. Also in the photo are Melinda Quintos de Jesus, Tina Monzon-Palma (3rd and 4th from left) and Vergel Santos (extreme right) of the CMFR Board of Trustees and Diana Ongpin (center). Lito Ocampo/CMFR

In a time of trolls, PH journalists urged to ‘come together’

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:30 AM

How can you be objective in a world where being objective means you are hated for your job? asks Rappler reporter Pia Ranada during the 2030 Social Good Summit

FIGHTING TROLLS. Journalists Pia Ranada (3rd from left) and Vergel Santos (2nd from right) talk about the onslaught of hate messages journalists are receiving from the supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bots, paid trolls are 'purveyors of artificial ignorance'

Sep 24, 2016 - 6:00 PM

The Internet is not so much as public debate anymore as it is a screaming match says Vince Lazatin of the Transparency and Accountability Network

TECH AND PUBLIC DEBATE PANEL. From left to right: Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, Transparency and Accountability NEtwork's Vince Lazatin, Rappler reporter Pia Ranada, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility's Vergel Santos, and Thinking Machines founder Stephanie Sy. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

#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

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

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.