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Brazil prosecutors charge U.S. journalist Greenwald with cybercrimes

Jan 22, 2020 - 9:23 AM

Greenwald takes to Twitter to denounce the charges as 'an attack on press freedom'

CHARGED. US journalist Glenn Greenwald, founder and editor of The Intercept website, gestures during a hearing at the Lower House's Human Rights Commission in Brasilia, Brazil, on June 25, 2019. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP)

Rappler urges Supreme Court: Rule that Duterte does not have power over media

Jan 21, 2020 - 10:07 AM

As it argues that self-regulation is one of the fundamentals of a free press, Rappler asks: Can the President pick who's legitimate media and who is not? Can the President restrict access to public events?

COVERAGE BAN. Reporters Pia Ranada, Mara Cepeda, Camille Elemia and correspondents Bobby Lagsa and Raymon Dullana file a petition before the Supreme Courton April 11, 2019, asking the High Court to end Duterte's coverage ban on Rappler. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Slain Turkish-Armenian journalist commemorated in Istanbul

Jan 19, 2020 - 10:12 PM

Hrant Drink's death in 2007 is seen as a scandal after it was discovered that security forces were aware of the murder plot, but failed to act

NUJP launches signature campaign against ABS-CBN shutdown

Jan 17, 2020 - 11:08 PM

ABS-CBN's franchise expires on March 30, 2020. Congress has sat on the franchise renewal bills amid President Duterte's threat to block a new franchise

DEFEND PRESS FREEDOM. Journalists and press freedom supporters gather in Boy Scout Circle, Quezon City on Friday, January 17 to support the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN. Photo by Raisa Serafica/Rappler

U.S. Senator Durbin: De Lima case 'important test' for PH democracy

Jan 09, 2020 - 11:21 AM

'There is an easy and honorable way forward,' says Senator Richard Durbin as he reiterates his call to release Senator Leila de Lima or ensure her a fair trial

RIGHTS ADVOCATE. US Senator Dick Durbin addresses the Senate on January 9, 2019, on issues involving the human rights abuses in the Philippines. Screenshot of Senator Dick Durbin video posted on his Facebook page

House panel chair to ABS-CBN: Franchise renewal ‘not a right, but a privilege’

Jan 02, 2020 - 11:03 AM

Palawan 1st District Representative Franz Alvarez once again says his committee will tackle the bills renewing ABS-CBN's franchise, which will expire in March

Goodbye, 2019: Five reasons this year stands out

Dec 31, 2019 - 2:38 PM

Journalists who speak truth to power, citizens who turn rage into action – these are among the 5 things that make 2019 stand out

NUJP urges Filipinos to uphold press freedom amid attacks vs ABS-CBN

Dec 31, 2019 - 2:09 PM

The group also decries President Rodrigo Duterte’s fresh tirade hurled against broadcast giant ABS-CBN

Burundi seeks 15-year jail term for journalists

Dec 31, 2019 - 9:43 AM

The 4 journalists of Iwacu, one of Burundi's few independent media outlets, were covering a story about DR Congo rebels

PRESS FREEDOM. Four journalists of the Burundi's independent media Iwacu Press Group (L to R): Christine Kamikazi, Agnes Ndirubusa, Egide Harerimana and Terence Mpozenzi leave at the High Court in Bubanza, western Burundi, on December 30, 2019 after attending a trial for complicity in endangering the internal security of the state. Photo by Tchandrou Nitanga/AFP

U.S. senator urges PH to free De Lima, drop threats vs Maria Ressa

Dec 29, 2019 - 3:09 PM

United States Senator Patrick Leahy vows to continue standing up for human rights in the Philippines after President Rodrigo Duterte bars him from entering the country

HUMAN RIGHTS. Senator Patrick Leahy (left) urges the Philippines to uphold human rights instead of threatening to deny Americans visas to the country. File photo by Chip Soodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Zimbabwe journalists suffer as regime tightens grip

Dec 29, 2019 - 12:41 PM

As Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa tightens his stance on dissent, journalists have also suffered repercussions

PRESS FREEDOM. Riot police arrive at the Bronte Hotel in Harare where journalists and international observers gather for a press conference of MDC opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, on August 3, 2018. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP

Turkey court gives jail terms to opposition journalists

Dec 27, 2019 - 7:43 PM

A higher court is due to decide whether to uphold the sentences, adding that the journalists, who face terrorism charges, are currently free

[OPINION] Even after the Ampatuan verdict, Filipino journalists are still in peril

Dec 22, 2019 - 5:00 PM

As long as there are still Filipinos who choose to be misinformed and disinformed, the Philippines will still be a dangerous place for journalists

FALSE: 'Zero' journalists harassed, 'sued by govt' under Duterte admin

Dec 22, 2019 - 2:41 PM

Records from media monitor show 154 counts of threats and attacks against journalists from June 30, 2016 to December 5, 2019

[OPINION] ABS-CBN and its struggle to obtain its franchise

Dec 13, 2019 - 12:03 PM

While the law remains unchanged, what now will become of the country’s biggest television network?

China biggest jailer of journalists, as press dangers persist – watchdog

Dec 11, 2019 - 2:07 PM

(UPDATED) The Committee to Protect Journalists says it counted at least 48 journalists jailed in China, one more than in 2018, as President Xi Jinping ramps up efforts to control the media

Did Malacañang say the press is free?

Dec 05, 2019 - 8:00 PM

President Duterte’s threat to ABS-CBN contradicts his claim

Groups slam ‘delayed justice’ for victims of Ampatuan massacre

Nov 23, 2019 - 10:14 PM

Ten years after the gruesome killing of 58 people, 32 from the media, press freedom continues to be under attack

CMFR calls out Duterte gov't on attacks vs press

Nov 23, 2019 - 3:00 PM

CMFR Executive Director Melinda Quintos de Jesus says it is necessary to 'clear the air' in order for plans on the safety of journalists to be properly implemented

Photo courtesy of Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication

For Mama: Child of Ampatuan massacre victim chooses journalism too

Nov 23, 2019 - 9:15 AM

If she pursues her dream profession, 16-year-old Rhully Mae Shula Montaño will also bear the many, many problems of the media that even the killing of her mother could not solve

MASSACRE KIN. 16-year-old Rhully Mae Montaño was 6 years old when her mother Marife was killed in the gruesome 2009 Ampatuan massacre. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Bacolod journos call for vigilance as verdict on Maguindanao massacre nears

Nov 23, 2019 - 7:00 AM

Officials and members of the Negros Press Club and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-Bacolod chapter light candles to mark the death anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre

COMMEMORATION. Andrea Jayme, her daughter Hina Sofia Danielle Bianca Tugot, and Dennis Rubica of Bombo Radyo Bacolod light candles at the Marker of the Fallen Journalists at the Bacolod City public plaza on November 22, 2019. Photo courtesy of NUJP-Bacolod

PUP launches music video festival tackling press freedom

Nov 22, 2019 - 3:25 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The annual festival aims to showcase broadcasting freshmen's skills and creativity in response to the worsening political situation

Amal Clooney: Let autocratic leaders know we support journalists

Nov 16, 2019 - 7:29 PM

When autocrats 'try to silence journalists, they will hear from all of us,' Amal Clooney says as she presents the Sergei Magnitsky Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalist to Maria Ressa

SUPPORT JOURNALISTS. International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney urged global support for journalists as she presents the Sergei Magnitsky Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalist to Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. Screenshot from Youtube

Restive Kashmir marks 100 days since India stripped autonomy

Nov 13, 2019 - 12:05 PM

Journalists hold a silent demonstration against the internet ban, holding their laptops with open with blank screens or held placards with the words '100 days no internet' and 'stop humiliating Kashmir journalists'

BLOCKADE. Kashmiri journalists protest against internet blockade put up by India's government in Srinagar. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

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

'Press freedom is dead' if Ampatuans not convicted for massacre – lawyer

Nov 05, 2019 - 2:32 PM

After a decade, a court is scheduled to render a judgment on the Ampatuan massacre. Lawyer Nena Santos expects a guilty verdict for the principal accused.

Private prosecutor Nena Santos. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

[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

Australian papers censor front pages in press freedom campaign

Oct 21, 2019 - 8:53 AM

The campaign by the Right to Know coalition is sparked by federal police raids on national broadcaster ABC and a News Corp journalist's home over two stories which proved embarrassing for the government

BLACKED OUT. Australia's leading newspapers blacked out front pages seen on a newsstand in Sydney on October 21, 2019. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Maria Ressa among BBC’s 100 'inspiring and influential' women of 2019

Oct 18, 2019 - 11:23 AM

(UPDATED) 'For the next generation, the battle is going to be the battle for truth,' says Rappler CEO Maria Ressa

PRESS FREEDOM FIGHTER. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is recognized by BBC for her work against fake news in the Philippines. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malaysian lawmakers repeal 'fake news' law

Oct 10, 2019 - 10:26 AM

It was the second attempt by the lower house to overturn the law after MPs voted to repeal it last year only for the upper chamber to block it. But the upper house is only able to block a bill once, meaning the law will now be scrapped.

How U.N., international groups help defend press freedom

Sep 28, 2019 - 1:46 PM

(UPDATED) International lawyers seek targeted sanctions 'to impose serious financial consequences on state officials' who abuse journalists

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Amal Clooney raises attacks vs Maria Ressa at U.N.

Sep 26, 2019 - 8:41 PM

'Maria Ressa is a Filipino journalist who stands at 5’2” but stands taller than so many of us in her courage and personal sacrifice for the cause of telling the truth,' says Amal Clooney in her speech

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New law lets online, broadcast journalists protect their sources

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:35 AM

With the expansion of the 73-year-old Sotto law, online and broadcast journalists can't be compelled to reveal their sources, unless necessary for national security

Duterte signs law making July 25 'National Campus Press Freedom Day'

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:32 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs the law as his government fends off accusations of intimidating student publications outspoken about recent killings

CAMPUS PRESS. Campus journalists from CEGP urge media practitioners to unite and defend press freedom on January 17, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

RSF announces nominees for Press Freedom Awards 2019

Aug 30, 2019 - 6:27 PM

'These journalists refused to be silenced and continue to raise their voices against the abuse of power, corruption and other crimes,' says Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire

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

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] What press freedom?

Aug 17, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Indeed, the press was invented for democracy’s own health. That’s why a narcissistic, authoritarian character like Rodrigo Duterte simply cannot abide it.

Panelo insists Rappler ban justified but doesn't know Rappler's violation

Aug 15, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Malacañang says it has a right to exclude any journalist from President Rodrigo Duterte's events if they are 'rude' and 'disrespectful'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte answers queries from members of the media following the oath taking ceremony of Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go at the Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2019. Also in the photo is Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

SC allows other journalists to join Rappler petition vs Duterte coverage ban

Aug 14, 2019 - 12:43 PM

(UPDATED) The Duterte government is given 10 days to answer Rappler's petition, as well as the petitions of the intervening journalists who asked for oral arguments

PETITION VS COVERAGE BAN. Rappler reporters Pia Ranada, Mara Cepeda, Camille Elemia and correspondents Bobby Lagsa, Raymon Dullana files a Petition Certiorari and Prohibition on Rappler's coverage of President Duterte at the Supreme Court on April 11, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

Tanzania charges journalist for sedition under its cybercrime laws

Aug 03, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Charges against Erick Kabendera over his citizenship are dropped and replaced with cybercrime offenses, which press freedom advocates say are wielded by President Magufuli to silence critics

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

[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

Press rights group in secret Riyadh mission to urge journalists' release

Jul 10, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The RSF delegation went to Riyadh in late April and urged Saudi authorities to release 30 journalists who it says are imprisoned in the kingdom for their work

File photos from AFP, Shutterstock