Rappler's latest stories on press freedom Philippines
Voicing your exasperation over the government and its officials – even in impolite language – is constitutionally protected
'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'
Maria Ressa, Ging Reyes, and Sheila Coronel talk about journalism in the age of pandemic – and the opportunities a crisis brings
'The threat to shut down ABS-CBN jeopardizes a critical bridge to the past that grounds us as a people'
Calida says the government was 'hoodwinked' by ABS-CBN when it used the franchises of companies it later came to own
'If you're asking nakasagabal ba kami nang onti, yes.... But I think the symbolism at 'yung pakikiramay much, much outweighs [everything else],' says House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano
We stand with our colleagues at ABS-CBN and share the hope that they will weather this and come out even stronger
'Like Rappler, ABS-CBN had issued Philippine Depositary Receipts (PDR) through ABS-CBN Holdings Corporation to foreigners, in violation of the foreign ownership restriction on mass media in the Constitution,' says the solicitor general
Ressa believes 2020 will be a decisive year for media and journalism both in the Philippines and around the world
Advocates and journalists take to the stage to voice out relevant issues in the Philippines through a concert to commemorate World Press Freedom Day
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.
(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
Media observers criticize the move, saying that Philippine Star 'had the choice' to stand its ground in defense of press freedom or retreat under fire
Rappler is doing its job – and that’s why it has become a favorite target of the Duterte government
(UPDATED) As the President enters his second year, we look back at the attacks that journalists have had to endure
'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
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
Kung paanong magkaiba ang katotohanan at kasinungalingan, ganoon ding magkasalungat ang demokrasya at diktadura
The draft rules also require reporters who do not have special accreditation to cover the House of Representatives to secure temporary passes two days before their planned visit
In this video, the fourth in a series of conversations about press freedom, broadcast journalist Ed Lingao speaks of patriotism, confronting online trolls, and a journalist's duty to combat fake news
In this video, the third in a series of conversations about press freedom, Ranada talks about the ban against coverage, the string of threats, and the lonely business of reporting on the President
Award-winning photojournalist Ezra Acayan, who has been covering the drug war since 2016, speaks to Rappler's Patricia Evangelista in this video about biases, freedom, and why he continues to follow the dead
The National Bureau of Investigation in February junked a libel complaint filed against Rappler, finding it to be 'without basis. In a bizarre twist, the agency revives the case.
This contradicts earlier statements from Malacañang officials, including President Rodrigo Duterte himself, that the ban on Rappler stems from the Securities and Exchange Commission's decision to revoke the media company's registration
These protests seek to condemn the recent attacks of President Rodrigo Duterte on press freedom
But the Office of the President changes its tune a few hours later
'All the posts of the past two days have been swarmed and attacked by Filipino trolls – every single post. It is crazy and it is full of non-sequiturs,' says computer programmer Carlos Nazareno
'I think a crucial element of any healthy democracy is a healthy press and free press,' journalist Atom Araullo says
In the course of Philippine history, several campus publications stayed true to this role of shaping public opinion. They’ve gone beyond the 4 walls of the classroom and tackled the same issues hounding the country.
Press freedom advocates argue that the Campus Journalism Act has, in itself, flaws that compromise press freedom
A compilation of stories and opinion about threats to the Philippine media
Here's a full copy of the verified explanation that Rappler gave the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 29, 2017
(10th UPDATE) Here's a timeline of events surrounding the SEC registration case of Rappler
UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard and two other experts say, 'We are gravely concerned that the government is moving to revoke Rappler's license'
'Efforts to impute political motivation' to the case of Rappler 'do a great disservice' to SEC, says Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel 'Babe' Romualdez
Several literary writers groups speak up after the Securities and Exchange Commission's decision to revoke Rappler's license to operate
This means any previous libel case 'can be reopened' if the story concerned remains online, warns Rappler CEO Maria Ressa
Landmark cases in Australia and the European Union invoking the principle of 'The Right to be Forgotten' involve only Google, as a search engine, and not news media outlets
While the NBI says they received the complaint in October 2017, the complaint-affidavit is dated December 20, 2017
In a statement, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) says it is concerned that the decision to target Rappler 'may have been retaliatory and politically motivated'
NBI Cybercrime Division chief Manuel Eduarte says a search warrant against Rappler is highly unlikely
Ang pamahalaang gumagamit ng corporate take-downs upang busalan ang mga tumutuligsa dito ay hindi mag-aatubiling sagasaan ang karapatan ng pangkaraniwang mamamayan
[UPDATED] Rappler's response to frequently asked questions about the SEC's decision revoking its registration
‘If Rappler can make out a case that this is actually malicious, the court cannot ignore that the government might be in violation of the constitutional guarantee to press freedom,’ says IBP national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo
'We want to offer you this discussion because it's not only about the media but it's also about people's rights,' says Malou Mangahas, Executive Director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the Securities and Exchange Commission should have given Rappler more time to address its alleged violations
Indeed, how can Duterte's hand be overlooked in the Rappler affair — it's the elephant in the room!
Netizens say the government's moves to stifle free speech will only produce more courageous journalists, as #BlackFridayForPressFreedom trends on Twitter
About 50 attendees call for the government to uphold press freedom, The group also lights candles and stages a noise barrage.
'Isa itong senyas na natatakot na ang Duterte regime sa mga mamamahayag dahil nabibisto sila sa karumdumal na ginagawa,' says Block Marcos spokesperson Lorenzo de Vera