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[OPINION] The press owes society courage

Jun 15, 2019 - 3:14 PM

Marty Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post says: 'The American press has been given extraordinary freedom by the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the First Amendment. In return, it owes society courage.'

Ressa on Canadian Journalism Tribute: ‘Our only weapon is to shine the light’

Jun 14, 2019 - 3:23 PM

Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron, also an awardee at the Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards Gala in Toronto, asks journalists to stand beside Ressa ‘every step of the way’

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa after receiving the Canadian Journalism Foundation Tribute in Toronto. Photo by Marites Sison

Mistaken identity? Journalist Margarita Valle 'clear state target,' says family

Jun 11, 2019 - 12:55 PM

'Our mother's ordeal in the hands of CIDG was a clear example of the vicious pattern of state forces of attacks against journalists, dissenters, and human rights defenders,' says the Valle family

'STATE TARGET'. The family of Margarita Fores, shown here detained at Camp Abelon in Pagadian City, says police violated the human rights of the Davao-based journalist. Photo courtesy of the Valle family

Davao Today columnist Margarita Valle arrested at Laguindingan Airport

Jun 09, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Police serve 61-year-old journalist Margarita Valle with warrants for alleged murder, destruction of government property, and arson, which her son says are 'trumped-up charges'

Jamal Khashoggi given global press freedom award

Jun 02, 2019 - 9:54 AM

The Golden Pen of Freedom is posthumously awarded to slain Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a year after it was given to Rappler CEO Maria Ressa

REMEMBERED. 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

Does Assange indictment set dangerous precedent for journalists?

May 25, 2019 - 11:31 AM

'What he is accused of doing is exactly what professional journalists do every day – seeking, receiving and publishing important information about our government,' says law professor Sonja West

PROTEST. In this file photo taken on April 23, 2019 an activist holds a placard next to others while forming a human chain calling for the freedom of the international non-profit organization WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in Dhaka. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman / AFP

Romania police academy chiefs accused of threatening reporter quit

May 24, 2019 - 10:56 PM

Romania prosecutors claim the two men used a young police officer as an intermediary to send several messages to journalist Emilia Sercan warning that her life was at risk if she didn't stop her investigative work

This picture taken on 28 May, 2017 in Bucharest shows Romanian journalist Emilia Sercan during her book launch "The Doctorate Factory" at the international book fair "Bookfest 2017". - The chiefs of Romania's Police Academy resigned on May 24, 2019 over death threats that were sent to an investigative journalist who has uncovered instances of plagiarism committed by high-level officials. (Photo by Bogdan BUDA / AFP)

Afghans fear end of golden age of press freedom

May 21, 2019 - 1:22 PM

Even as hundreds of media outlets proliferate across Afghanistan, consumers and journalists alike worry a potential peace deal between the Taliban and the US could sound the death knell for a golden age of press freedom

AFGHANISTAN'S PRESS FREEDOM. In this photo taken on April 4, 2019 an Afghan presenter takes part in a live broadcast at the Khurshid TV station in Kabul. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Mexico journalist murdered, fifth in 2019

May 17, 2019 - 7:21 AM

Reporters Without Borders says the killing of Francisco Romero officially made Mexico the deadliest country in the world for journalists so far this year, surpassing even war-torn Afghanistan and Syria

View of bloodstain at the site where Mexican journalist Francisco Romero was murdered in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo state on May 16, 2019. Crime reporter Francisco Romero was murdered in a resort town on Mexico's Caribbean coast after receiving threats, authorities said Thursday, the fifth reporter slain this year in one of the most dangerous countries for the press. RODRIGO ARANGUA / AFP

Vietnam jails two activists for 'spreading propaganda' on Facebook

May 11, 2019 - 3:39 PM

Independent media is banned in Vietnam, with online posts, comments and critics strictly monitored and bloggers, activists and rights lawyers routinely jailed.

Myanmar frees two Reuters journalists in amnesty

May 07, 2019 - 11:22 AM

(4th UPDATE) Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are freed on presidential amnesty

FREE. Reuters journalists Wa Lone (L) and Kyaw Soe Oo gesture outside Insein prison after being freed in a presidential amnesty in Yangon on May 7, 2019. Photo by AFP

Advocates band together in unity event for World Press Freedom Day

May 04, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Advocates and journalists take to the stage to voice out relevant issues in the Philippines through a concert to commemorate World Press Freedom Day

TRUTH. Artist Mae Paner encourages the public to fight lies during the freedom festival jam commemorating World Press Freedom Day on May 3. Photo by Jillian Siervo/Rappler

Only 9% of the world lives in a country with press freedom

May 04, 2019 - 7:54 PM

Reporters Without Borders says that the press freedom situation in 91% of the world is considered difficult, very serious, or problematic

Silent protest for Maria Ressa at the UP Fair 2019. Photos by Kurt Dela Peña/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: World Press Freedom Day 2019 activities in the Philippines

May 04, 2019 - 5:40 PM

These events are being organized against the backdrop of attacks on press freedom, which have escalated in the Philippines in recent months

Youth groups conduct quick reaction mobilization to condemn the sudden arrest of Rappler's Maria Ressa and continous threats of the Duterte government against the right to press freedom at University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Philippine media 'under siege' as it commemorates World Press Freedom Day

May 03, 2019 - 6:49 PM

The NUJP says 'more than any administration since the unlamented Marcos dictatorship, never have freedom of the press and of expression been under siege as during the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte'

Members of alternative media and human rights organizations stage a rally in front of the Department of National Defense headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City to deplore the continued harassment of media organizations critical of the government. The protest coincides with the celebration of world press freedom today. May 3, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan

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

Foreign-funded? Journalists hit back, say gov't gets funds from China

May 03, 2019 - 1:49 PM

On World Press Freedom Day, journalists point out that the government's own media apparatus gets huge funding from China

VETERAN JOURNALISTS. A panel of leading journalists assembles as a panel in the press freedom forum organized by the Freedom for Media Freedom for All network on World Press Freedom Day. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

FOCAP urges journalists to close ranks behind press freedom

May 03, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'This is not a time to bend and shrink,' says the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines on World Press Freedom Day

[OPINION] Making press freedom an election issue

May 03, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Your vote can protect a free and independent Philippine media

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

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A ban on Duterte

May 03, 2019 - 7:33 AM

Given his type of narcissism, one that blooms lustier and lustier with each live performance, we'd never know how far he would go with his indecencies

#NewsMatters: Netizens share why they read news

May 02, 2019 - 11:30 PM

This year's celebration of World News Day is focused on why independent and fact-based journalism matters

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

U.N.'s Callamard: 'We must go on offensive' vs EJKs, attacks on free speech

Apr 26, 2019 - 4:34 PM

'All of us, we must all understand that we must go on the offensive and we must disrupt what’s happening,' says UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard

UN EXPERTS. United Nations special rapporteurs, such as Agnes Callamard, are tasked to monitor human rights situations around the world. File photo courtesy of Loey Felipe/UN Photo

St Scholastica's Sister Mary John calls journalists an 'endangered species'

Apr 25, 2019 - 5:11 PM

'I think they are inspiring so many people to also have courage, and to stand out and speak out against corruption, against all the injustices that we are experiencing in our times,' says Sister Mary John Mananzan

AWARDEES. Recipients of the 2019 Hildegarde Awards pose for photos after the awarding ceremony on April 24, 2019. From left to right: Bianca Kasilag-Macahilig and Minerva Generalao of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala of ICanServe Foundation, Patricia Evangelista of Rappler, St. Scholastica’s College Director of the Institute of Women’s Studies Sr. Mary John Mananzan, Lara Quintos de Jesus, who accepted the award on behalf of CMFR’s Melinda Quintos De Jesus, “She Talks Asia” Project Manager Mara Gollena, trophy designer Veronica Peralejo and Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences Dr. Rebecca Cacho.

Maria Ressa urges journalists: Join battle vs attempts to stifle press freedom

Apr 19, 2019 - 1:19 PM

'The way we fight back as journalists is we shine the light. We call attention, we demand our rights,' says Maria Ressa

PRESS FREEDOM. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa was arrested upon her arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on March 29, 2019 for supposedly violating the anti-dummy law. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Philippines down 1 spot in 2019 World Press Freedom Index

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Reporters Without Borders says harassment against Rappler and Maria Ressa is the 'most emblematic case' of the threats against Filipino journalists. Turkey is also listed as among the world's worst countries for press freedom.

PRESS FREEDOM. A total of 11 cases have been filed against Rappler and its CEO Maria Ressa under the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte.

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

PODCAST: Nganong kinahanglan nga di dapigan ang Duterte coverage ban sa Rappler?

Apr 12, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Unsa ang kadangtan sa coverage ban sa katibuk-ang sitwasyon sa gawasnong peryodismo sa Pilipinas?

PODCAST: Apay nga kasapulan nga agpetisyon iti Rappler diyay Supreme Court?

Apr 12, 2019 - 3:27 PM

Iti daytoy a podcast, agtugaw diyay maysa nga petitioner, ni Raymon Dullana nga correspondent iti Cagayan, ken Rappler managing editor Glenda Gloria tapno mapagtutungtungan dagiti banag a nangiduron kadakuwada nga agpetisyon, no kasano nga naapektaran iti coverage da, ken no anya iti sitwasyon iti press freedom ditoy Pilipinas

PODCAST: Bakit kailangang labanan ang Duterte coverage ban sa Rappler?

Apr 12, 2019 - 8:18 AM

Ano ang implikasyon ng coverage ban sa pangkalahatang sitwasyon ng malayang pamamamahayag sa Pilipinas?

STATEMENT: With Rappler ban, Duterte also violates public right to know

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:28 PM

This case is not just about Rappler. It is about every journalist’s mandate to cover the Office of the President and scrutinize the tremendous power it holds without prior restraint or threat of punishment.

Rappler asks Supreme Court to end Duterte coverage ban

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:26 PM

(UPDATED) A significant press freedom test case under the Duterte administration, the Rappler petition argues that the coverage ban violates constitutional guarantees of a free press, free speech, equal protection and due process

COURT OF LAST RESORT. The Supreme Court in Padre Faure, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Khashoggi family denies settlement with Saudis – statement

Apr 10, 2019 - 10:04 PM

'Currently, the trial is taking place and no settlement discussion had been or is discussed,' reads a statement posted on Salah Khashoggi's Twitter account

KILLED. File photo of a man passing 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

Jailed Reuters journalists in Myanmar win U.N. press freedom prize

Apr 10, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been behind bars since December 2017, detained on claims of violating state secrets

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.

U.S. urges Philippines to let Rappler 'operate freely'

Mar 30, 2019 - 9:08 AM

The United States says it is 'concerned' about the arrest of Rappler's Maria Ressa

FREE AGAIN. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa leaves the court room after posting bail for anti-dummy charges. Photo y LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

China pursuing 'new world media order' to suppress criticism – RSF

Mar 25, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Reporters Without Borders says Beijing is 'exporting' its methods of censorship and control of information to other countries. Beijing dismisses the report as 'totally not in conformity with the facts, and not worth refuting.'

Putin signs laws against 'disrespecting' authorities, fake news

Mar 18, 2019 - 11:31 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs off on the legislation against the advice of human rights activists, who warned the laws amounted to censorship and would be abused to crack down on freedom of speech

PUTIN. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a press conference on December 11, 2017. File photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP

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.

Bangladesh court suspends case against outspoken photographer

Mar 15, 2019 - 10:11 AM

The award-winning photographer, Shahidul Alam, is facing charges of making 'false' and 'provocative' statements in a televised interview, offenses carrying a maximum 14 years in jail

DETAINED. A file photo of acclaimed Bangladesh photographer Shahidul Alam lifted from the Facebook account Free Shahidul.

RSF unblocks 3 more sites censored in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, China

Mar 11, 2019 - 10:24 PM

Ethical hackers and human rights defenders allow the Reporters Without Borders Sans to 'restore online access to independent media in countries that are news and information black holes'

Saudi hit with rare rebuke at U.N. rights body over Khashoggi

Mar 08, 2019 - 10:08 AM

Thirty-six nations condemn Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a rare censure of the oil-rich kingdom at the UN Human Rights Council

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. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on November 11, 2018 that the US will hold accountable all involved in killing a dissident Saudi journalist. OZAN KOSE / AFP

Award-winning Egyptian photojournalist freed from jail

Mar 05, 2019 - 12:07 AM

The photographer, widely known as Shawkan, faces 5 years of strict supervision and will be required to spend every night sleeping at his local police station, but he vows to resume his work

FREED. Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, widely known as Shawkan, carries a camera at his home in the capital Cairo on March 4, 2019. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

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

[OPINION | Newspoint] Where there’s a sitting judge there’s justice

Mar 02, 2019 - 4:38 PM

Press freedom is not automatically proved alive by the ability of the press to exercise its democratic right to publish without state interference; true proof lies in what happens to the press after exercising that right.

Pompeo raises importance of free press, rights of 'all Filipinos' with Locsin

Mar 01, 2019 - 1:20 PM

'We never forget the importance of human rights, rule of law, transparency, justice wherever it is that we go,' says the visiting US official but refrains from publicly citing specific attacks on free speech and human rights in his host country

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens to Philippines' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin (L) speak at a news conference at the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs Home Office in Manila on March 1, 2019. (Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP)

[OPINION] Holding the line against fascism

Mar 01, 2019 - 10:08 AM

The crucial signs and their contextualized explanations tell us that the current government has been extensively using fascist politics and tactics which is, ironically, possible to do under democratic rule

Jiggy Manicad: Libel should stay a crime to prevent 'abuse' by journalists

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:47 PM

'Dapat pa rin pong krimen siya para wala pong abuso sa hanay nating mamamahayag,' says senatorial bet and former journalist Jiggy Manicad

The coalition of senatorial bets under the regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago kicks off their campaign for the May electionsin San Fernado Pampanga on February 12, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Watchdog deplores Libya's 'almost impossible' media environment

Feb 17, 2019 - 8:40 PM

At least 19 journalists have been killed since 2011 while there have been 'several cases' in which journalists were abducted, tortured or forcibly disappeared, the report says