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[OPINION] Closing ABS-CBN is a blow to Philippine film heritage

Feb 29, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'The threat to shut down ABS-CBN jeopardizes a critical bridge to the past that grounds us as a people'

Media and lawfare: Journalists 'woke up to a storm' under Duterte administration

Feb 22, 2020 - 6:14 PM

'2020 should be the time for action, and should be a time for reflection that leads to very concrete steps,' says Rappler managing editor Glenda Gloria

MEDIA AND LAWFARE. (L-R) John Nery, Rappler managing editor Glenda Gloria, photojournalist Raffy Lerma, and CEGP's Ryan Martinez at the breakout session on media and lawfare on February 21, 2020. Photo from TomasinoWeb Twitter page

Bacolod journalists, groups light candles for press freedom amid ABS-CBN franchise woes

Feb 22, 2020 - 9:44 AM

'We serve the people's right to know, that is why are were fighting hard to defend press freedom. We want to protect their right to be informed,' says Marchel Espina, NUJP-Bacolod chapter president

BLACK FRIDAY PROTEST. Journalists, students, progressive groups, and a parish priest light a candle for press freedom at the Marker of the Fallen Journalists in the Bacolod City public plaza Friday night, February 21, 2020. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

NUJP submits 200,000 signatures to Congress for ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Feb 19, 2020 - 6:54 PM

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines hopes the petition will rally support behind the authors of the franchise bills seeking to continue ABS-CBN’s operations, and pressure Congress to act on the matter

STAND WITH ABS-CBN. National Union of Journalists of the Philippines submits on February 19 a partial list of petitioners who are urging Congress to renew ABS-CBN's franchise. Photo from NUJP

Lagman to Cayetano: Stop foot-dragging on ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Feb 15, 2020 - 2:40 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano's timetable for the House to take up the ABS-CBN franchise renewal 'reveals a patent prolongation'

ABS-CBN employees and supporters hold a rally on Valentines Day, February 14, 2020, to demand the renewal of the broadcast giant franchise. Wearing red and chanting defend press freedom, they signed petitions and urged motorist to honk their horns as they passed by. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Where is the outrage?

Feb 15, 2020 - 11:42 AM

The case takes a Shakespearean quality. King Rodrigo swings away with his sword screaming, proffering a crazy deal: the VFA for an American visa for a favorite horse – Bato de la Rosa.

[ANALYSIS] Why Duterte’s attack on ABS-CBN reeks of double standards, desperation

Feb 13, 2020 - 11:25 AM

Duterte and company know they have little time in power left. If they want to corner strategic portions of the country’s business landscape, now’s the time to act.

Quo what, again?

Feb 12, 2020 - 7:59 PM

Why Calida threatens press freedom

EXPLAINER: Is Calida's ABS-CBN PDR theory bad for business?

Feb 11, 2020 - 7:26 PM

Calida asserts that the PDR scheme is prohibited by the Constitution and carries criminal liability for violators of foreign equity restrictions

The ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center in Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Calida hits ABS-CBN over 'foreign ownership'

Feb 10, 2020 - 10:55 AM

'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

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

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

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

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

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

[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.

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'

[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] 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.

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The ambush of Maria Ressa

Feb 16, 2019 - 2:43 PM

Show her up to be vulnerable, subdue her, and a chill probably goes around enough to help ease the way for the authoritarian rule he has been itching to impose. Well, knowing Maria Ressa, she’s not one easily subdued.

PDEA restricts Rappler coverage access after story on P6.8-B shabu

Aug 18, 2018 - 6:51 AM

Rappler condemns in the strongest terms the attempt of PDEA spokesman Derrick Carreon to cut Rappler reporter Rambo Talabong out of the agency's official media advisory and coordination channel

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Jun 18, 2018 - 10:05 PM

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Sotto says Inquirer will remove articles on Pepsi Paloma

Jun 18, 2018 - 4:40 PM

(UPDATED) 'They will [take it down]... because it's fake news. It's [the] original fake news,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

RAPE POSTS. Senate President Vicente Sotto III says Inquirer has agreed to take down articles implicating him in a controversial rape slay. Photo by Angie de Silva/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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 27, 2018

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

INTER-KOREAN SUMMIT. This screengrab from the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) taken on April 27, 2018 shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un (L) and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in walking together past the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries at Panmunjeom. AFP PHOTO / KOREAN BROADCASTING SYSTEM (KBS)

Philippines down 6 spots in 2018 World Press Freedom Index

Apr 26, 2018 - 4:35 PM

'The dynamism of the media [in the Philippines] has also been checked by the emergence of a leader who wants to show he is all powerful,' says media watchdog Reporters Without Borders

WATCH: Rappler, UPLB hold #FactsMatterPH forum in Laguna

Apr 23, 2018 - 8:43 AM

Tickets to the public forum are free, but seats are limited. Register now!

Duterte says he banned Rappler due to 'twisted' reporting

Mar 02, 2018 - 9:58 AM

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

RATIONALE FOR BAN. President Rodrigo Duterte says he imposed the Palace coverage ban on Rappler because it 'twisted' what he says in speeches. With him are Special Assistant to the President Bong Go (middle) and top cop Ronald dela Rosa at the opening ceremony of a SWAT event in Davao City on March 1, 2018.   Photo by Kiwi Bulaclac/Presidential Photo

Freedom of expression now 'battlefield' in fight for human rights – Amnesty Int'l

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Amnesty International Philippines' Jose Noel Olano says there is a 'diminishing space' in the area of freedom of expression in the Philippines, making the ability to voice out, criticize, check government become more dangerous

FIGHT. Jose Noel Olano, Section Director of Amnesty International Philippines, says freedom of expression now a battlefield in fight for human rights. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Rappler's Pia Ranada barred from entering Malacañang Palace

Feb 20, 2018 - 11:24 AM

(4th UPDATE) The incident happens a day after the Senate hearing on the Navy frigates deal where Special Assistant to the President Bong Go accused Rappler of churning out 'fake news'

Does the Campus Journalism Act protect press freedom?

Jan 31, 2018 - 3:31 PM

Press freedom advocates argue that the Campus Journalism Act has, in itself, flaws that compromise press freedom

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

TIMELINE: The case of Rappler's SEC registration

Jan 29, 2018 - 11:28 AM

(10th UPDATE) Here's a timeline of events surrounding the SEC registration case of Rappler

PRESS FREEDOM. The SEC's move to strike down Rappler was considered an attack on the freedom of the press. Photo by Rappler

Rappler Talk: Francis Lim on how SEC violated own rules in Rappler case

Jan 28, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Rappler's lawyer also explains why he took the case and what surprised him most about the decision

PH literary writers defend press freedom: 'This is not the time to be silent'

Jan 24, 2018 - 9:45 PM

Several literary writers groups speak up after the Securities and Exchange Commission's decision to revoke Rappler's license to operate

CHR urges public to defend press freedom

Jan 18, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The CHR says "protecting press freedom means protecting the interest of the people"

PRESS FREEDOM. The Commission on Human Rights said it is important to defend press freedom amid threats to curtail it. Photo by Rappler

From Marcos to Duterte: How media was attacked, threatened

Jan 17, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Press freedom is a continuous battle in the Philippines. The recent move of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is one of the worst against the media since Martial Law.

Aguirre orders NBI to probe Rappler

Jan 17, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida has said the criminal investigation into Rappler will center around possible violation of the Anti-Dummy Law

DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre shows to the members of the media the case filed against Senator Leila De Lima and others in connection with the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison during a press conference at the NBI headquarters in Manila on February 17, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Dela Rosa accuses media of painting PNP as drug war 'villain'

Oct 02, 2017 - 1:40 PM

'Observe natin dahil 'onting pagkakamali natin, palalakihin 'yan ng media, sigurado 'yan, sigurado,' claims Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa

BIASED? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says the media has focused too much on civilian victims of the drug war. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Living with libel suits

Feb 21, 2013 - 10:33 AM

Journalism is not about seeking to be on the good side of the powerful