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Anxiety rises over attacks on media covering U.S. protests

Jun 03, 2020 - 10:36 AM

A tally by media watchdog groups cites 192 press freedom violations during the latest wave of protests including 131 assaults, of which 108 were by police

PROTEST. Manhattan, NY protest George Floyd's death on May 31, 2020. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Verdict on Rappler, Maria Ressa cyber libel case out June 15

Jun 01, 2020 - 5:15 PM

Postponed due to the coronavirus lockdown, judgment day for Ressa and former researcher-writer Rey Santos will take place in a court under quarantine restrictions

Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa inside the Manila RTC to attend the cyberlibel case hearing on December 16, 2019.  Photo by Lito Borras/ Rappler

Journalists covering U.S. protests find themselves under attack

Jun 01, 2020 - 9:53 AM

A black CNN journalist is arrested by police in Minneapolis – even as he reports live on camera following the death of George Floyd

POLICE. Police officers block a road on the fourth day of protests on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Zambales barangay official in hot water for 'verbally assaulting' Inquirer reporter

May 30, 2020 - 10:11 AM

A barangay kagawad makes threats to correspondent Joanna Rose Aglibot and her family, prompting the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines to issue an alert

FALSE: ABS-CBN’s 1995 franchise allows only one channel

May 28, 2020 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) Nothing in ABS-CBN’s 1995 franchise says that it allows the broadcast of only one channel

Australian media to be tried for contempt over reporting on George Pell

May 26, 2020 - 1:50 PM

If convicted, the journalists face prison terms of up to 5 years and the media organizations fines of up to Aus$500,000

GEORGE PELL. Cardinal George Pell (R) leaves the County Court of Victoria court after prosecutors decided not to proceed with a second trial on alleged historical child sexual offences in Melbourne on February 26, 2019. File photo by Con Chronis/AFP

ABS-CBN employees petition House to grant network new franchise

May 23, 2020 - 4:39 PM

The petition, which got over a million signatures in just day, is launched days before the House hearing on ABS-CBN's franchise renewal bills

Employees and supporters of ABS CBN continue their Friday protest to demand from the government to renew their franchise on February 28, 2020. Holding a rally at the ABS CBN compound at Sgt. Esquearra in Quezon City. Reiterating their call to defend press freedom and vowed to continue the protest actions until the franchise have been renewed. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Advertising slump during virus crisis hits media jobs

May 23, 2020 - 11:47 AM

Several media workers around the world experience layoffs and wage cuts amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Sons of murdered Saudi journalist Khashoggi 'forgive' killers

May 22, 2020 - 9:25 AM

(3rd UPDATE) UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard slams the move as 'the final act in [Saudi Arabia's] well-rehearsed parody of justice in front of an international community far too ready to be deceived'

MURDERED. A man passes in front of a screen showing Jamal Khashoggi during a commemoration event of Khashoggi's supporters on November 11, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

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

[OPINION] ABS-CBN and the power of 'non-essentials'

May 19, 2020 - 3:41 PM

'Feeding the imagination is just as important as giving people bread'

Rappler Talk with Edward Snowden: Journalism’s role when global systems fail

May 18, 2020 - 5:39 PM

Whistleblower and President of the Freedom of the Press Foundation Edward Snowden talks about the rolling back of freedoms under pandemic emergency powers

U.S. tells China not to interfere with its journalists in Hong Kong

May 18, 2020 - 10:47 AM

'These journalists are members of a free press, not propaganda cadres,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Rappler Talk: Joseph Stiglitz on press freedom in a 'mafia market'

May 17, 2020 - 3:21 PM

Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz talks about how journalism and democracy can survive the information ecosystem created by the tech platforms

National artist BenCab: Freedom of expression 'critical' during pandemic, quarantine

May 14, 2020 - 9:05 PM

The painter throws his support behind Philippine media after ABS-CBN was forced to go off-air

#CourageON: Filipinos urge lawmakers to act on ABS-CBN's franchise renewal

May 13, 2020 - 8:01 PM

Filipinos join MovePH's online campaign to tag their representatives on social media, in a bid to move forward deliberations on ABS-CBN's franchise renewal

NCRPO restricts Rappler coverage after story on Sinas birthday party

May 13, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Rappler condemns the move as an attack on press freedom, the right to free speech, and the public's right to know

Sign the petition: Join the call urging gov’t to put ABS-CBN back on air

May 13, 2020 - 3:14 PM

To persuade government agencies to act on the matter, the petition appeals to the NTC, Supreme Court, and the House of Representatives

Screenshot of petition

Angelica Panganiban on network shutdown: ABS-CBN isn't the enemy, the virus is

May 13, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The actress lists down what she says are the real issues: free mass testing, aid for the vulnerable, the country's healthcare system, job losses, and hunger

TRUTH TO POWER. Actress Angelica Panganiban reminds viewers – and perhaps, the government – of what the real problems in this pandemic area. Screenshot from Angel Locsin's Facebook

Beijing’s high-pressure campaign against the foreign Chinese-language press

May 12, 2020 - 7:37 PM

From cyberattacks to takeovers, Xi Jinping’s government aims to silence criticism from independent media organizations

Illustration by Gogi Kamushadze for Coda Story.

FALSE: ABS-CBN's franchise was not renewed because of pay-per-view service

May 12, 2020 - 2:00 PM

ABS-CBN's franchise was delayed because it was not prioritized by Congress

[ANALYSIS] Why Congress should delegate its franchising power to NTC

May 12, 2020 - 1:00 PM

'The grant of broadcast privileges to a mass media company should not solely be in the hands of politicians, who may have their own ties and agenda'

[EDITORIAL] Huwag payagang maveerus ang ating kalayaan

May 11, 2020 - 1:27 PM

Sa pagitan ni Cordoba, Cayetano at Calida sino ang may sala? Aba’y silang lahat, pati na ang boss nila, si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte

Media, academics condemn NTF-ELCAC's attacks vs ABS-CBN and Maria Ressa

May 11, 2020 - 9:38 AM

'The only reason we can think of why a government entity tasked to combat the communist insurgency would wage a propaganda offensive against media persons and outfits is if government now considers us the enemy'

Coco Martin on ABS-CBN shutdown: ‘Buti pa 'yung POGO, pinaglalaban 'nyo’

May 09, 2020 - 6:18 PM

The actor continues to criticize the government’s move to shut down the operations of his home network

COCO MARTIN. The actor criticizes the government for the ABS-CBN shutdown. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

'You took out our right to seek justice': Bela Padilla speaks up on ABS-CBN shutdown

May 09, 2020 - 4:44 PM

'What does the law do for us, the citizens, the taxpayers?' The Kapamilya actress shares her thoughts on the 'dura lex sed lex' argument.

LOOK: ABS-CBN artists lead #LabanKapamilya campaign

May 09, 2020 - 3:16 PM

ABS-CBN's contract artists and employees take their #LabanKapamilya campaign online

'An assault on democracy': ABS-CBN exec, advocates hit NTC over shutdown order

May 08, 2020 - 9:12 PM

ABS-CBN news head Ging Reyes calls for support from fellow media workers and the public to fight for free press during the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines' Black Friday protest

The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Ricky Carandang on politics and press freedom

May 08, 2020 - 5:15 PM

'As a democracy with not very strong institutions, you need people in the media to provide that check and balance,' says former Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang following the ABS-CBN shutdown

[OPINION] Dura lex and salus populi: TV stations and the duty of government

May 08, 2020 - 12:31 PM

'It’s pandemic time, for crying out loud! Will the state fall if ABS-CBN is unable to comply with its mandates from NTC? Will it be a source of danger to the community? Is the Republic better served by hounding it?'

After ABS-CBN’s shutdown, campus publications refuse to be silent

May 08, 2020 - 11:38 AM

Campus publications stand with ABS-CBN and band together with fellow journalists to make their voices heard

Rappler Talk: Covering the unthinkable shutdown with ABS-CBN's Mike Navallo

May 08, 2020 - 11:10 AM

What is it like to cover the justice beat at a time when journalists themselves figure into the Duterte administration's novel legal actions against dissenters?

U.S. 'concerned' over ABS-CBN shutdown

May 08, 2020 - 8:45 AM

(UPDATED) 'An independent media plays a critical role in facilitating the open exchange of information and ideas which is vital to free, prosperous, and secure democratic societies,' says State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus

VIGIL. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Campus journalists, now is the time to speak up

May 08, 2020 - 8:09 AM

'Campus journalism goes beyond medals and certificates.... With or without press conference season, student writers should always speak up.'

Sharon Cuneta turns emotional as she talks about ABS-CBN staff, crew's welfare

May 07, 2020 - 9:58 PM

'My heart is breaking,' Sharon says after the sign-off on May 5

How the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the media

May 07, 2020 - 8:43 PM

Journalists and media workers are still covering the COVID-19 pandemic despite budget cuts, threats to press freedom, and risk of possible infection

'TV Patrol' airs despite NTC's cease and desist order

May 07, 2020 - 8:26 PM

ABS-CBN's news program is broadcast online and on ANC for the first time since the NTC issued a cease and desist order against the network

The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#CourageON: Tag your representative to act on ABS-CBN franchise renewal

May 07, 2020 - 7:20 PM

There are at least 9 bills filed with Congress seeking the network’s franchise renewal

ABS-CBN to Supreme Court: NTC shutdown violates press freedom

May 07, 2020 - 6:08 PM

'Strong public interest and equity demand that ABS-CBN be allowed to continue its operations,' ABS-CBN's lawyers tell the Supreme Court

CEASE AND DESIST. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

13 senators urge NTC to reconsider ABS-CBN shutdown order

May 07, 2020 - 5:04 PM

13 senators file a resolution asking the Senate to express its sense on the National Telecommunications Commission shutdown order against ABS-CBN

'RECONSIDER'. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ABS-CBN runs to Supreme Court to stop NTC shutdown

May 07, 2020 - 4:16 PM

(UPDATED) The main petition wants to void the NTC shutdown order entirely

CEASE AND DESIST. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Ang shutdown ng ABS-CBN

May 07, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'Apaw na ang poot at galit. Ang init ng panahon dahil sa masasakit na salitang itinatapon sa hangin. Kung nais nating maghilom, makinig tayo sa isa’t isa. Huwag natin ishutdown ang may ibang pananaw kaysa atin.'

Richard Gomez says gov't responsible for ABS-CBN shutdown

May 07, 2020 - 3:21 PM

Communications Undersecretary Rocky Ignacio asks actor-turned-Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez for a message to his friends at ABS-CBN and he says the unexpected

GOVERNMENT REPONSIBLE. Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez, who spent years as an actor at ABS-CBN, says government is responsible for the media giant's shutdown. File photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

[OPINION] How a death in Manila led to the fall of a media giant

May 07, 2020 - 2:30 PM

No single event led to this. No lone person could have pulled it off without our apathy.... By enabling or ignoring the gradual erosion of the rule of law, we all made this possible.

From Luzon to Mindanao, media groups condemn ABS-CBN shutdown

May 07, 2020 - 2:11 PM

(UPDATED) Media workers nationwide issue statements and gather to protest the order of the National Telecommunications Commission to shut down ABS-CBN

PROTEST. Members and officers of the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club and NUJP Baguio Benguet protest government closure of ABS-CBN in front of the Baguio city Hall. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] ABS-CBN closure: An attack on citizen rights

May 07, 2020 - 11:28 AM

ABS-CBN will be back, and soon, because it has the support of the people

‘Nakilala ang sarili gamit sila Basha at Bobbie’: Bea Alonzo pens tribute to ABS-CBN

May 07, 2020 - 8:09 AM

'Sino nga ba ako (Who am I)?' Bea asks and immediately concludes that while there’s a lot of things she’s unsure of, she’s sure that she’s a Kapamilya

BASHA, BOBBIE. Bea Alonzo pens a letter to her home network. Photo from Bea Alonzo's Instagram

Framers: ABS-CBN shutdown order defies 1987 Constitution

May 07, 2020 - 8:03 AM

The closure comes 'at the worst of times' as the nation battles the coronavirus pandemic

The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Aquino: Duterte created own 'unnecessary problem' in ABS-CBN shutdown

May 07, 2020 - 7:55 AM

'This administration has put itself into a corner unnecessarily. If there is a significant and sustained support for the reopening of ABS-CBN, it will happen.'

In marking Senator Leila de Lima’s 1,000 day in detention, former president Benigno “NoynoY” Aquino, hundreds of human rights advocates at the UP Diliman church on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler