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Media Freedom: Much more than just the media’s problem
by Johanna Son May 08, 2018

From Cambodia and Myanmar to the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia, countries are facing challenges that are a mix of the usual ones such as hostile action from governments and the use of laws and the courts to limit space for media

World Press Freedom Day 2018
May 01, 2018 - with many Videos, which AboutPhilippines recommend to look!

Rappler joins in the celebration of the 2018 World Press Freedom Day happening on May 2-3, 2018 with the theme, ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’

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What does it even mean to be free?
by Glenda M. Gloria May 02, 2018
As we prepare to celebrate World Press Freedom Day, we try to take stock not only of our freedom to tell stories and speak truth to power, but also of our new world that we assume appreciates such freedom

On World Press Freedom Day, rights groups urge public to support journalists
May 03, 2018
This year's celebration of the global event comes amid continuing attacks against the Philippine press, says Human Rights Watch

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World Press Freedom Day 2018: Voices from the Frontlines
May 3, 2018

Journalists share experiences in the field and what keeps them motivated to do their work.

Speak truth to power, keep power in check

by Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, Philippine Press Institute May 03, 2018

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

Malacañang reaps fruits of tireless attacks on press freedom
by Chito de la Vega May 11, 2018

The government cannot just trample on press freedom and get away with it.
Malacañang is now reaping the fruits of its tireless effort to curtail press freedom.

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Media groups record 85 attacks on press freedom under Duterte
May 3, 2018

The attacks, perpetuated from June 30, 2016 to May 1, 2018, include 9 murders, 16 libel cases, 14 cases of online harassment, 11 death threats, 6 slay attempts, 6 cases of harassment, 5 cases of intimidation, 4 cases of website attack, revoked registration or denied franchise renewal, verbal abuse, strafing, and police surveillance of journalists and media agencies.

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'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.

PRESSING FOR FREEDOM LETTERS FROM THE FIELD
Edited by Nicole Curato for BroadAgenda March 30, 2018

These are letters are written by female journalists for female journalists – although these messages are for anyone who cares about democratic politics.
We are in trouble because press freedom in Southeast Asia is on the decline.

Philippines down 6 spots in 2018 World Press Freedom Index
by Jodesz Gavilan April 26, 2018

'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

Bakit takot sa media ang mga diktador?
April 30, 2018

Kung paanong magkaiba ang katotohanan at kasinungalingan, ganoon ding magkasalungat ang demokrasya at diktadura

Marcos and Duterte: Strongmen’s changing playbook
by Marites Dañguilan Vitug April 30, 2018

Threats to a free press have returned in different forms. There is no other way ahead but to stay the cours

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CHR: Foreigners visiting PH shouldn't lose rights to free speech, assembly
Apr 25, 2018

Entry to the Philippines should not equate to the surrender of rights to free speech and assembly for foreign nationals, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said Thursday, amid an alleged crackdown of visitors critical of the government

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What you need to know about state surveillance
by Sofia Tomacruz March 10, 2018

The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte purchased communications surveillance equipment from the UK. What should citizens know about state in monitoring?

State surveillance: A necessary evil?

Proponents of state surveillance argue that monitoring individuals is necessary in the interest of "national security." But who defines what "national security" is? To what extent is state surveillance lawful?

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PRONE TO ABUSE
State surveillance as a tool to silence critics
Human rights activists say that the conduct of both physical and communication surveillance is prone to abuse and is a violation of a citizen’s right to privacy. If left unchecked, it can lead to 'far worse attacks.'

Both by Jodesz Gavilan and Sofia Tomacruz March 16 and 18, 2018

Malacañang reporters temporarily barred from Palace grounds
by Pia Ranada May 01, 2018

The Presidential Security Group says this was due to heightened security measures implemented for Labor Day

Lewd gov't official verbally harasses reporter
May 20, 2018

The government official also has a habit of pausing in the middle of press briefings to 'compliment' female reporters.

We’re not here to be your friends
by Pia Ranada March 10, 2018

It's time we call out reporters who are overly chummy with government officials, who ride the wave of this administration's popularity at the cost of critical and impartial reporting and commentary.

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Jessica Soho and Mike Enriquez on why journalism matters

GMA 7's veteran broadcast journalists talk about journalism, the changing media landscape, and the challenges

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When Philippine media is threatened

Part 1 - Threats
Mar 28, 2018
In this short video, journalists Ezra Acayan, Ed Lingao, JC Gotinga, Pia Ranada, Jason Gutierrez and Inday-Espina Varona speak of the attack against the free press, and what will stop them from reporting.

Part 2
April 09, 2018
Photographer Ezra Acayan: 'I am human first before I am a journalist'
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

Part 3
April 16, 2018
Reporter Pia Ranada: 'If I can be targeted, so can any one else who is critical'
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.

Part 4
April 23, 2018
Journalist Ed Lingao: 'You have to fight back'
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.
He is a veteran broadcaster who concedes that there is less trust in Philippine media. The irony, he adds, is in the fact journalists who could never be trusted before are now celebrated as examples of journalistic integrity.
“We’re all paid hacks,” says Ed Lingao, of how reporters are viewed today. “We’re all yellow journalists. We’re all idiots.”

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Journalists on press freedom: Be afraid, but do the job
by Patricia Evangelista May 02, 2018
In this video, the last in a series of conversations about press freedom, journalists Ed Lingao, Jason Gutierrez, Inday Espina-Varona, Ezra Acayan, and JC Gotinga speak about facing threats against the press, and why it's important to keep reporting
The threat against press freedom, say local journalists, emanates from the republic’s highest office.

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DOT issues guidelines for media covering Boracay
by Alexa Villano April 14, 2018
The Department of Tourism (DOT) has issued guidelines for media who will enter Boracay during its 6-month rehabilitation that will begin on April 26.

The Philippine tourism industry is scrambling to manage the fallout from the temporary shutdown of its world-famous Boracay island, which has thrown into chaos trips planned by hundreds of thousands of tourists.

Boracay in chaos as shutdown looms

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Is the DOT’s media restriction in Boracay constitutional?
by Lian Buan April 16, 2018
Legal experts say there will be a solid case if media groups choose to challenge the restriction in court

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Did EDSA fail us?
by Sylvia Estrada Claudio February 26, 2018

When this regime threatens press freedom, imprisons its critics, and arbitrarily kills its citizens, then it fails us and EDSA. It reverses all the steps we have taken towards democracy and progress.

A 'Fraught Time' For Press Freedom In The Philippines
January 17, 2018 by Sheila S. Coronel

President Rodrigo Duterte does not like the press. Stung by critical media reporting, he has in the past months called some of the country's largest media organizations "bullshit," "garbage," "son of a bitch." Journalists, he said, have no shame. They are corrupt fabulists and hypocrites who "pretend to be the moral torch of the country."

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PH lawmakers seek to ban reporters who 'besmirch' them
April 27, 2018
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

Duterte’s zero concept of independent journalism
by Marites Dañguilan Vitug February 25, 2018
This truly reflects the sad state of journalism in the Philippines. It shows the swath of reality that independent journalism has not yet taken root in our society.

‘The Post' review: Freedom of the press
by Oggs Cruz February 24, 2018 - with Video
'The Post': a Hollywood ode to journalism is indubitably a terrific film. It is timing, however, that is its most important element.

FROM CORY TO RODY
Presidents and their beef with Palace reporters
By Pia Ranada March 1, 2018

Rappler looks into all instances when Malacañang restricted Palace reporters' access and compares them with President Duterte's recent order

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Pass or fail? Women journalists rate PH presidents on respect for press freedom
by Bong Santisteban March 09, 2018
Four veteran journalists recall how presidents dealt with the media after the Marcos regime

How Marcos treated dissent: Punishing rumors and summoning reporters
by Lian Buan February 24, 2018

The late strongman Ferdinand Marcos signed a presidential decree that sought to jail ‘rumor mongers.’ It was repealed by Corazon Aquino.
President Rodrigo Duterte has barred Rappler reporter Pia Ranada from entering the Malacañang compound.
To gauge the gravity of Duterte’s actions would be to compare him to how Philippine presidents in the past treated dissent, or more specifically, a critical press.

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#25SecondsForPressFreedom: Journalists explain why press freedom matters
April 29, 2018 - with Videos

In a UNESCO campaign for World Press Freedom Day, renowned journalists talk about the importance of press freedom in a democracy

Duterte admits being a dictator

Duterte: If I won't be a dictator, nothing will happen to PH
by Pia Ranada February 09, 2018 - with Video
President Rodrigo Duterte had previously said that becoming a dictator would dishonor his late mother, a prominent activist against the Marcos regime.
AMID fears of looming autocrat rule under his watch, President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, February 7, admitted to imposing a "dictatorial" style of governance.
Duterte said he prefers to act like a "dictator" to be able to sustain the country's progress.
"If you say dictator, I am really a dictator. If I don't act (like a) dictator, son of a b****, nothing will happen to this country," the President said in Visayan.
"That's true. If I don't act (like a) dictator, which is my style now, nothing will happen to this country," he added.

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Duterte tells police to ignore UN rapporteurs' probe
by Pia Ranada March 01, 2018
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte brands any investigation into his drug war as interference

Mr. President, keep your foul mouth away from our vaginas
by Ana P. Santos February 14, 2018
Rodrigo Duterte is so scared of strong women that he doesn’t know what to do with them, except degrade, insult, and strip them of their character by reducing them to nothing more than body parts

HRW: Duterte's 'shoot women in vagina' remark violates int'l humanitarian law
by Jodesz Gavilan February 13, 2018
The Commission on Human Rights and Gabriela Women's Party say President Rodrigo Duterte's latest lewd remark 'openly encourages violence against women'.
President Rodrigo Duterte violated international humanitarian law when he encouraged state forces to commit sexual violence against rebels when he ordered them to shoot female combatants in the vagina if they encountered them in the field, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.

Shoot rebels in the vagina? Duterte is ‘a damaged man’
by Senator Leila M. de Lima February 17, 2018
‘Duterte’s order is a threat against soldiers…because this is a man that would take the honor, dignity, integrity, patriotism, and professionalism of a Filipino soldier, and manipulate it to satisfy his own brutality and bloodlust.’

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Rappler stringers barred from covering Duterte's provincial events
by Pia Ranada March 17, 2018

Journalists based outside Metro Manila are banned from President Rodrigo Duterte's events in their hometowns if they are covering for Rappler

Rappler's Pia Ranada barred from entering Malacañang Palace
February 20, 2018 - with Videos

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'

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Duterte to lift ban on Rappler if SEC ruling overturned
by Pia Ranada February 23, 2018
UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte also revives his old claim that Rappler is 'CIA-sponsored'

Rappler reporter now banned from entire Malacañang complex
February 22, 2018 - with Video
UPDATED Previously, Rappler reporter Pia Ranada was only barred from entering the Palace but could enter the New Executive Building which houses the Press Working Area.

Rappler to Harry Roque: Duterte ban about press freedom
by Paterno Esmaquel II February 21, 2018
'It is not the government's role to say who can cover what, and when, and where,' says Rappler after President Duterte banned Rappler from Malacañang.

Rappler reporter remains in Malacañang Press Corps unless SEC ruling final – MPC
February 21, 2018
'MPC reserves the right to accredit its own members,' says MPC president Reymund Tinaza, asserting the independence of the media group

Roque: Rappler reporter barred because 'bwisit sa kanya ang Presidente'
February 21, 2018
But the day before, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said personal dislike is 'not a valid reason' to bar a reporter from covering events

PSG chief's remark vs Rappler reporter 'uncalled for' – Lorenzana
by Carmela Fonbuena February 21, 2018
'Whatever Rappler's offense, the PSG [has] no right to harm Rappler's people [or] threaten them,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

PSG commander to Rappler reporter: Be thankful Palace guard didn't hurt you
February 21, 2018 - with Video
'Pasalamat kayo hindi kayo sinaktan sa pagbabastos na ginawa 'nyo,' says PSG Commander Brigadier General Lope Dagoy

NUJP to Duterte: 'Shame on you for displaying extreme pettiness'
February 20, 2018
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines says President Rodrigo Duterte 'has acted much like a petulant child throwing a fit' when he banned Rappler's Pia Ranada from Palace coverage.

Rappler to Malacañang: Don't use power to obstruct
February 20, 2018
We encourage the government to answer these uncomfortable questions and avoid using its immense power to obstruct and harass.

Rappler statement on Bong Go's 'fake news' accusation
February 19, 2018

Is 'fake news' the new defense of public officials against public scrutiny?

DOCUMENTS: How Bong Go is linked thrice to frigates deal
by Carmela Fonbuena February 19, 2018
The big-ticket modernization project of the Armed Forces of the Philippines is embroiled in controversy following the ouster of former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado in December 2017

Duterte himself banned Rappler reporter from Malacañang coverage
February 20, 2018
UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte orders the head of Malacañang's Internal House Affairs Office to ensure that Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and reporter Pia Ranada cannot enter the Palace

Roque: Rappler still allowed to cover Malacañang events, says Medialdea
by Pia Ranada February 20, 2018
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says an official's personal 'dislike' for specific reporters is not a valid reason to bar them from entering the Palace

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Duterte himself banned Rappler reporter from Malacañang coverage
Feb 20, 2018

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte orders the head of Malacañang's Internal House Affairs Office to ensure that Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and reporter Pia Ranada cannot enter the Palace
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Pinagbawalan ang reporter ng online news outfit na Rappler na pumasok sa Malacañang para mag-cover ng mga event ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte.

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Media watchdogs slam Malacañang ban on Rappler reporter
February 23, 2018

Reporters Without Borders and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility both speak out days after a Rappler reporter was banned from entering the Malacañang complex

Everything you need to know about Rappler's Malacañang coverage ban
February 22, 2018

Updates, stories on Malacañang's ban against Rappler

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TIMELINE: Malacañang's evolving statements on Rappler ban
by Pia Ranada March 03, 2018
Rappler tracks the ever-changing reasons given by President Rodrigo Duterte and Malacañang officials about the ban prohibiting its reporters from covering the Palace.

FACT CHECK: Maria Ressa is not FOCAP president
April 13, 2018

Rappler is not a foreign media outlet, and therefore does not have to seek accreditation with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines

BIR files tax evasion complaint vs Rappler Holdings
March 08, 2018

UPDATED The complaint comes only 3 days after Bureau of Internal Revenue agents went to the Rappler office to serve a letter that was scant with details

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Rappler lawyer cites loopholes in BIR's tax complaint
by Chrisee Dela Paz March 13, 2018
Rappler's lawyer, Francis Lim, a securities law expert, says the company is not a dealer in securities and argues that capital raised from issued Philippine Depositary Receipts are not yet booked as income.

NBI claims initial ruling on Rappler cyber libel case 'prematurely disclosed'
by Rambo Talabong March 12, 2018 - with Video
The National Bureau of Investigation said on February 22 that it junked the case after finding 'no basis,' but days later, transmitted it to the Department of Justice.

NBI dismisses, then recommends cyber libel case vs Rappler
by Lian Buan March 09, 2018 - with Video
The NBI backtracks on its earlier finding that businessman Wilfredo Keng's complaint over a story published 5 years ago has 'no basis'

Crackdown on media, NGOs linked to low global corruption index scores
by Michael Bueza February 22, 2018

Transparency International says, 'Given current crackdowns on both civil society and the media worldwide, we need to do more to protect those who speak up'

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Foreign correspondents hit Duterte ban on Rappler
by Paterno Esmaquel II February 22, 2018
'Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines - FOCAP considers this as a blatant attack on freedom of the press, a right guaranteed by the Philippine Constitution and the United Nations'. Look the 'Statement'

HRW: Barring access to Malacañang can lead to 'broader assault' on media
by Jodesz Gavilan February 21, 2018

'It could portend a broader assault on journalists and news organizations whose critical watchdog role has magnified the government’s poor human rights record' Human Rights Watch Asia Division's Carlos Conde says

Freedom of expression now 'battlefield' in fight for human rights – Amnesty Int'l
by Jodesz Gavilan February 22, 2018

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

Republic Act 7079, Campus Journalism Act of 1991

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UP chancellor endorses February 23, 24 activities vs EJKs, attack on press freedom
by Raisa Serafica February 23, 2018
'We need to encourage our students to participate in the activities as part of their education,' UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan says.

Oldest alliance of college editors to stage nationwide protests February 23, 2018
These protests seek to condemn the recent attacks of President Rodrigo Duterte on press freedom

Does the Campus Journalism Act protect press freedom?
by Sofia Tomacruz January 31, 2018
Press freedom advocates argue that the Republic Act 7079, Campus Journalism Act (CJA) has, in itself, flaws that compromise press freedom.
The Campus Journalism Act approved by the late former president Corazon Aquino on July 5, 1991 was enacted in recognition of the vital role the campus press played during Martial Law.

Philippine Collegian campus journos barred from taking editorial exams
May 05, 2018

UPDATED The Board of Judges cites the candidates’ failure to meet residency requirements as basis for disqualification from taking the editorial exams. UP Chancellor Michael Tan upholds the decision.
Two campus journalists of the Philippine Collegian, University of the Philippines Diliman’s official student publication, were disqualified from the selection of the publication’s next editor-in-chief.

Is Philippine Collegian facing a press freedom issue?
by Frances Roberto May 12, 2018

'The UPD administration needs to be level-headed enough to study the rules and interpret them based on the normative standards of journalism, especially when it comes to editorial independence,' says professor Danilo Arao.

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Campus journalists on why press freedom matters
Published on May 2, 2018

In this video for World Press Freedom Day 2018, campus journalists from different universities in Metro Manila share with Rappler their thoughts on the importance of campus journalism and press freedom

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Student leaders, campus journos barred from free tuition rules hearing
by Abigail Abigan March 20, 2018 - with Video

Student leaders and campus journalists are locked inside a holding room in the House of Representatives for hours to keep them from attending the hearing on the implementing rules and regulations of the free tuition law

#WalkOutPH trends on Twitter as millennials fight for press freedom, human rights
by Raisa Serafica February 23, 2018

Martial Law survivor Boni Ilagan also talked to students from the College of Mass Communication and advised them to 'create their own First Quarter Storm'

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Campus journos 'defend press freedom' during NSPC 2018 awarding ceremonies
by Bong Santisteban February 23, 2018
'It's not just a contest for us. we will uphold press freedom even though we just came from a small island province,' says a campus journalist from Virac, Catanduanes

Filipino youth lead nationwide 'walkout' for freedom and democracy
by Eloisa Lopez February 24, 2018
UPDATED 'The youth will continue to fight outside the four walls of their classrooms to push for basic socio-economic reforms that are not only beneficial to the youth, but to all marginalized and oppressed sectors of the society,' says Kabataan Partylist representative Sarah Elag

IN PHOTOS: Thousands join nationwide walkout vs Duterte
February 23, 2018
Thousands of protesters march the streets in various cities around the country to slam President Rodrigo Duterte's alleged repressive policies against the poor, and to fight for press freedom and human rights

The different faces of press freedom violations vs campus journalists
by Raisa Serafica February 23, 2018

Based on records of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines, at least 200 of the 800 cases of campus press freedom violations are related to the withholding of funds, the lifeblood of student-run publications.

Campus journos 'disappointed' over DepEd's termination of partnership with Rappler
February 07, 2018

The termination occurs two weeks before the conduct of the National Schools Press Conference in Dumaguete City which Rappler will be covering. Rappler will also be spearheading the Online Publishing Demonstration Contest.

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John Nery encourages campus journos to keep on writing
by Abigail Abigan February 22, 2018
"Choose, not just your battles, but your battleground," says Nery in the opening ceremony of the 2018 National Schools Press Conference.

DepEd terminates partnership with Rappler, sacrifices ideals of campus journalism
February 07, 2018 - with Videos

The cancellation of the partnership comes about two weeks before we begin an online publishing contest organized by the NSPC and customized for the DepEd by Rappler.

on Wednesday, without stating any reason, Education Secretary Leonor Briones gave us letters terminating two agreements: our partnership with them for disaster preparedness and the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC).

No exclusivity, money involved in Rappler-DepEd partnership
by Bong Santisteban February 19, 2018

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones cites the Securities and Exchange Commission decision to revoke the articles of incorporation of Rappler Inc. and Rappler Holdings as the basis for the department's termination of its partnership with Rappler.

By ending Rappler-DepEd partnership, the only losers are the kids
by Jane Bracher February 10, 2018

Think of some of the dream-come-true stories you've heard or witnessed, or your own story. What did they have in common? Opportunity.

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‘That’s a crime’: Duterte hit for blackmailing media
by Marchel P. Espina February 02, 2018

‘We should not allow that we will be silenced... because once they succeed, all of us will be silenced,’ NUJP president Noynoy Espina reminds journalists during a #BlackFridayForPressFreedom forum in Bacolod.

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NUJP: Expanded ban on Rappler by Malacañang 'a low point in pettiness'
March 06, 2018
The NUJP adds. 'this show of vindictiveness is not just pathetically childish, more worrisome is it shows Duterte’s penchant for taking shortcuts in a case that is still pending before the courts'

Atom Araullo speaks up on press freedom
by Jill Tan Radovan February 03, 2018

'I think a crucial element of any healthy democracy is a healthy press and free press,' journalist Atom Araullo says

Possible trend between national happiness and net freedom, internet speed – report
by Gelo Gonzales February 09, 2018

Comparing data from different studies, a blog post by a VPN provider sees that countries with high internet speeds and net freedom are also countries with high levels of happiness.

The new normal
by Jayeel Cornelio January 23, 2018

Silence is the desire of a dictatorial state that pretends to be democratic. It hides behind the tyranny of opinion, the popularity of a charismatic figure, and the spirit of unyielding legalism.

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Francis Lim on how SEC violated own rules in Rappler case
Jan 28, 2018 - with Video

Francis Lim, Rappler's legal counsel and former president of the Philippine Stock Exchange, explains why he took the case and what surprised him most about the decision

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The darkest hour
by Walden Bello January 28, 2018

'The SEC move against Rappler is part of the multi-sided offensive to lock up the Philippine political system for good, and this is why it must be resisted'

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Democracy and Disinformation Forum

How 'fake news' and other forms of disinformation threaten our freedoms, and how to fight back.
The Democracy and Disinformation Forum, a conference for journalists, bloggers, scholars, students, advertising professionals, and PR practitioners hold on February 12 and 13, 2018 at the Ateneo Law School in Makati City.

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Trump, Russia, China media attacks 'threaten democracy'
by Agence France-Presse April 25, 2018
Reporters Without Borders accuses the world's 3 superpowers – the US, China and Russia – of leading the charge against press freedom

FULL TEXT: Our fundamental freedoms
by Marvic Leonen February 19, 2018
'In this era of disinformation, how can you fight for your freedom and democracy?'
This is the full text of the speech of Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen during the Democracy and Disinformation forum at the Ateneo Law School on February 12
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Media expert warns journalists against acting like 'stenographers'
by Paterno Esmaquel II February 15, 2018 - with Video
'A journalist, by repeatedly reporting, accurately quoting Duterte's false claims, inadvertently becomes a peddler of fake news,' veteran journalist Ellen Tordesillas also says at the Democracy and Disinformation Forum

In fighting disinformation and trolls, silence 'cannot be an option'
by Keb Cuevas February 14, 2018 - with Video
From Wikipedia to Facebook, how do we fight back against trolls, 'fake news' and historical revisionism?

How Duterte supporters swarmed the ICC Facebook page
by Raisa Serafica February 14, 2018 - with Video
'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

Strong journalism in the age of strongmen
February 14, 2018 - with Video
Currently a journalism professor at the University of Queensland in Australia, Greste was arrested by the Egyptian authorities for terrorism-related charges for his work as a journalist in 2013

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Disinformation and Online Threats
Apr 22, 2018

The forum, organized by Rappler and the Journalism for Nation Building Foundation (JNBF) in partnership with the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Department of Social Sciences and Department of Development Journalism, aims to explain the nature of disinformation online and to highlight the role of a free and independent press in preserving democracy

Journalists should always stand up against fake information
by Raisa Serafica February 12, 2018

Aside from debunking fake news, media organizations must learn from how the disinformation armies package and amplify their messages.

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Quality of PH democracy 'adversely affected' under Duterte – report
by Jodesz Gavilan February 01, 2018

The Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index 2017 also says:
President Rodrigo Duterte's continued attacks on media have worsened the press freedom situation in the Philippines

Poe: ‘Bloggers are not above libel laws’
January 30, 2018

'You cannot just attack a person without basis, and then hide behind the skirt of free expression,' says Senator Grace Poe at the second Senate hearing on fake news.

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Pacquiao wants gov't to license bloggers, 'control' media
by Camille Elemia January 30, 2018
'We know that in our Constitution, there is freedom of expression but because of this freedom of expression, naabuso na kasi,' says Senator Manny Pacquiao
Professor JJ Disini of the UP College of Law said Pacquiao’s proposal is unconstitutional because it restricts freedom of speech.

Duterte Administration Moves to Kill Free Speech in the Philippines
By Jillian C. York and Stephanie Lacambra January 26, 2018

In a country where press freedom is already under grave threat, the revocation of an independent publication’s license to operate and a proposed amendment to the Bill of Rights are pushing journalists further into the margins. While the Constitution of the Philippines guarantees press freedom and the country’s media landscape is quite diverse, journalists nevertheless face an array of threats.

House sub-committee wants limited protection for free speech
by Bea Cupin January 16, 2018

The House committee on constitutional amendments seeks to amend Article III, Section 4, to provide constitutional protection only for the 'responsible exercise' of free speech

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Proposed free speech clause amendment came from Palace
Jan 18, 2018
The proposal to amend the Bill of Rights to mandate the "responsible" use of free speech came from a committee under the Office of the President, Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro said.

Susog sa freedom of speech, ‘nanggaling sa komiteng hawak ng pangulo’
Jan 18, 2018
Ayon sa House Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro, nanggaling sa Presidential Human Rights Committee Secretariat ang suhestiyon para sa "responsible" freedom of speech.

Bloggers for Freedom: Time to choose between democracy, dictatorship
by Bea Cupin January 19, 2018

'Now is a time for making choices amid battles between truth and lies, debate and dissonance, democracy and dictatorship,' the bloggers say in their manifesto of support.
Callling themselves “Bloggers for Freedom,” the 59 bloggers issued a manifesto of support on Friday, January 19, to signify their support for free speech in the country, and for Rappler, which is under threat of closure after publishing reports critical of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

How media outlets get their license to operate
by Sofia Tomacruz January 18, 2018

As private companies, media entities must register with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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EXPLAINER: How SEC's Rappler decision is a test case for press freedom
by Lian Buan January 20, 2018

‘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 Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo.

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2018 Nieman Fellows condemn SEC order vs Rappler
by Jee Y. Geronimo February 01, 2018
The Nieman class of 2018 urges the Philippine government and President Rodrigo Duterte to 'respect media freedoms and independence'

Rappler answers cyber libel complaint at NBI
by Lian Buan February 01, 2018 - with Video
Rappler CEO Maria Ressa asks the National Bureau of Investigation to stop the investigation for lack of legal basis

Rappler takes SEC case to the Court of Appeals
by Lian Buan January 29, 2018
Rappler's petition for review cites procedural and substantive processes which were violated, and points out how Rappler's PDRs were singled out.

SEC order meant to silence us, muzzle free expression – Rappler
January 29, 2018
'We cited in our petition the serious substantive irregularities in the SEC decision as well as the steps that the Commission skipped when it handled our case with undue haste. We cannot but conclude that the order's real purpose is to silence us and muzzle free expression.'

TIMELINE: The case of Rappler's SEC registration
by Sofia Tomacruz January 29, 2018
Here's a timeline of events surrounding the SEC registration case of Rappler

FAQs: Rappler's SEC case
January 22, 2018 - with Video
UPDATED Rappler's response to frequently asked questions about the SEC's decision revoking its registration

How Rappler's cyber libel complaint can endanger the press
by Paterno Esmaquel II January 23, 2018 - with Video

This means any previous libel case 'can be reopened' if the story concerned remains online, warns Rappler CEO Maria Ressa
"This is important for everyone of the journalists who publish, because this means that if you've had a libel case from a decade ago, they can say that if your story is online, you are again gonna be charged for it. If you won the case, it can be reopened"

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PH literary writers defend press freedom: 'This is not the time to be silent'
by Jee Y. Geronimo January 24, 2018

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

Fight for press freedom: Join the NUJP Black Friday protest on January 19

Wear black wherever you are or join the rally at the Boy Scout Circle, the roundabout at Timog and Thomas Morato intersection in Quezon City, on Friday at 6 pm.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) will stage a protest action on January 19 dubbed "Black Friday Protest for Freedom."
The journalist group earlier slammed the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) decision revoking the registration of news website Rappler

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UP journalism professor dares Duterte spokesman to resign
by Rambo Talabong Updated January 20, 2018 - with Video
Danilo Arao of the UP College of Mass Communication says that for defending Duterte, Harry Roque, former human rights lawyer, has disappointed a growing number of friends who are lawyers and journalists.

Oldest alliance of college editors urges PH media to unite for press freedom
by Raisa Serafica January 18, 2018

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines invites media practitioners and concerned citizens to join the 'Black Friday Protest for Press Freedom' at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City on January 19 at 6pm.

PH media goes black to protest threats against press freedom
by Raisa Serafica January 19, 2018 - with Videos
Dubbed as the #BlackFridayForPressFreedom, the gathering is just one of the many protests organized following the SEC ruling against Rappler.

Bacolod media, groups join 'Black Friday' call to uphold press freedom
by Marchel P. Espina January 19, 2018
About 50 attendees call for the government to uphold press freedom, The group also lights candles and stages a noise barrage.

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Hundreds of journalists, bloggers and activists wearing black shirts flocked to Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City on Friday to join the protest dubbed as “#BlackFridayforPressFreedom” to condemn the “series of attacks” against press freedom.

Netizens speak out for press freedom on Black Friday
by Abigail Abigan January 20, 2018 - with Video

Netizens say the government's moves to stifle free speech will only produce more courageous journalists, as #BlackFridayForPressFreedom trends on Twitter

From Marcos to Duterte: How media was attacked, threatened
by Jodesz Gavilan January 17, 2018

Press freedom is a continuous battle in the Philippines.

The recent move of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is one of the worst since Martial Law.

A dangerous place
by Vergel O. Santos December 23, 2017

The Philippines is actually one of the world's most dangerous places not just for journalists but for its very own people.
The international organization Reporters Without Borders has rated the Philippines as the most dangerous place for journalists in Asia and among the 5 most dangerous in the world

Vera Files reports cyberattack after publishing story critical of Duterte
by Victor Barreiro Jr January 23, 2018

Ellen Tordesillas of Vera Files says their website went down approximately 30 minutes after a story critical of President Rodrigo Duterte went online on their site.

CHR urges public to defend press freedom
by Sofia Tomacruz January 18, 2018

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

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Case vs Rappler not a freedom of the press issue? Please.
by Paige Occeñola January 19, 2018

The case against Rappler is just part of President Duterte's war against the critical press.

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Duterte says he banned Rappler due to 'twisted' reporting
by Pia Ranada March 02, 2018
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.

UN experts slam moves to shut down Rappler
by Paterno Esmaquel II January 26, 2018
UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard and two other experts say, 'We are gravely concerned that the government is moving to revoke Rappler's license'

Philippines hits New York Times for defending Rappler
by Paterno Esmaquel II January 25, 2018
'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
The New York Times editorial, published on January 17, urged the world to condemn an "effort to silence independent voices" in the Philippines.

Local media groups join call to protect press freedom
January 24, 2018
The groups reiterate that, more than anything else, the case of SEC's ruling against Rappler is an issue of press freedom

Suppressing media is suppressing people's demands – progressive groups, advocates
by Aika Rey January 19, 2018
'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.

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The elephant in the room
by Vergel O. Santos January 20, 2018

Indeed, how can Duterte's hand be overlooked in the Rappler affair - it's the elephant in the room!

President Duterte can deny it all he likes, but there's just no way he can dispel the suspicion that he is behind the move to drive the news website Rappler out of business.

Of Philippine Depository Receipts or PDRs and 'foreign ownership' of media
by Oscar Franklin Tan July 26, 2017

The barbs thrown at Rappler make for amusing online spats. But when you fight on the internet, please, please use more accurate legal terminology.

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SEC revokes Rappler's registration
by Carmela Fonbuena January 15, 2018 - with Video - Press conference
UPDATED The Securities and Exchange Commission accuses Rappler of violating nationality restrictions on ownership and control of mass media entities. Read the SEC decision .

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and acting managing editor Chay Hofileña hold a press conference on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s accusation of the news site’s violation of nationality restrictions on ownership and control of mass media entities.

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'Rappler now, who's next?'
January 15, 2018
For many netizens, the order of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to revoke Rappler's registration is a blatant attack against press freedom and freedom of speech

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Stand with Rappler, defend press freedom
January 15, 2018

We will continue bringing you the news, holding the powerful to account for their actions and decisions, calling attention to government lapses that further disempower the disadvantaged. We will hold the line.

The SEC’s kill order revoking Rappler’s license to operate is the first of its kind in history – both for the Commission and for Philippine media.

We ask you to stand with us again at this difficult time.

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LOOK: Caritas PH director wears shirt to defend press freedom
January 19, 2018

Archbishop Rolando J. Tria Tirona, OCD wears the statement shirt at the plenary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines

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Caritas Philippines: ‘A government that curtails press freedom is insecure'
January 24, 2018
Archbishop Tirona says, 'the (SEC) action smacks of a reign of terror, an arrogant and high-handed warning to the media practitioners that do not kowtow to the administration'

Tagle: Freedom of the press is Church's 'conviction'
by Bea Cupin January 19, 2018 - with Video
'It's our conviction that there should be freedom of the people to share information and the right of people to receive information,' says Cardinal Tagle.

PH celebrities express support for Rappler, press freedom
by Alexa Villano January 18, 2018

Musicians Cooky Chua, Bayang Barrios, and more show their support following the news of SEC's decision to revoke Rappler's license to operate.

SEC closure order vs Rappler a move toward dictatorship - activists
by Raisa Serafica January 16, 2018

'Closing down Rappler means one less independent media through which environmental advocates can stand up to the oligarchs and corporations that seem to run the Duterte government’s agenda nowadays', a group says.

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'Democracy has never been more alive in PH' – Cayetano
by Paterno Esmaquel II January 20, 2018
This comes after Human Rights Watch said President Rodrigo Duterte 'has plunged the Philippines in its worst human rights crisis' since the Marcos dictatorship.
Other critics have also compared the Duterte regime to the Marcos dictatorship.
Most recently, activists said the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ruling to revoke Rappler's license is a move toward dictatorship.

If there was a violation, Rappler not given time to cure it
by Chrisee Dela Paz January 18, 2018
The harsh SEC ruling harms Rappler’s staff, stockholders, and readers, its lawyer Francis Lim argues.
Unlike similar cases in the past, Rappler Incorporated's lawyer argued the media firm was not given the time and opportunity to resolve a provision that allegedly violated a constitutional rule.

Rappler slams NBI probe as 'fishing expedition'
by Paterno Esmaquel II January 18, 2018 - with Video
'It's all the more clear and blatant what government's agenda is: they're deadset to get Rappler and kill press freedom,' says the social news network.

SEC decision to revoke Rappler's license 'too severe' – lawyer
by Chrisee Dela Paz January 17, 2018
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairperson Teresita Herbosa thinks otherwise, saying her office 'orders revocation of companies even for just failing to submit annual reportorial requirements'

Memes help spark movement to defend press freedom in PH
by Abigail Abigan January 16, 2018

For the creators of the protest signs, the SEC order to revoke Rappler's registration curtails press freedom and freedom of expression

The courage that Rappler inspires
by Ed Garcia January 19, 2018

At this juncture in our history, we are called once again to exercise our moral courage as a people: to show brave behavior in the face of risks and threats, despite all the costs. It means the ability to do the right thing in the right way in the face of one’s fears.
During the period of Martial Law, there were voices in the night that dared speak truth to power and thus inspired courage among many of us who strove to struggle against a formidable dictatorship.
We are Rapplers all!
As Rappler stands its ground, I believe that this will be a moment that we will long remember. In a sense, “We are Rapplers all!”

Malacañang: At least Duterte didn't order military vs Rappler
by Pia Ranada January 16, 2018

If the President really wanted to shut down Rappler, he would have 'sent the Armed Forces to their offices and padlocked them,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque.

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SEC order vs Rappler ‘bad for democracy’ – Drilon
by Mara Cepeda January 20, 2018
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the Securities and Exchange Commission should have given Rappler more time to address its alleged violations

Aguirre looks for 'other laws' violated by Rappler
by Lian Buan January 18, 2018 - with Video
UPDATED 'This is a fishing expedition, and pure and simple harassment,' says Rappler

Aguirre orders NBI to probe Rappler
by Lian Buan January 18, 2018 - with Video
Solicitor General Jose Calida has said the criminal investigation into Rappler will center around possible violation of the Anti-Dummy Law.

Duterte calls Rappler 'fake news outlet'
by Pia Ranada January 16, 2018 - with Video
UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte launches a fresh tirade against Rappler to defend his aide, Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

Malacañang says DOJ can file charges vs Rappler
by Paterno Esmaquel II January 16, 2018
'It's all about money. It's not about press freedom,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque after the Securities and Exchange Commission revoked Rappler's registration.

House opposition: SEC decision vs Rappler 'ironic' attack against press
by Bea Cupin January 15, 2018
Some opposition legislators find it 'ironic' that the Securities and Exchange Commission invoke restrictions on foreign ownership just as the administration pushes for amendments to the Constitution that would allow just that.

Malacañang: Rappler can exhaust legal remedies vs SEC decision
by Pia Ranada January 15, 2018
While the Palace respects the SEC decision, Rappler can contest the decision until it becomes final and executory, says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque.

Omidyar Network donates PDRs to Rappler managers
by Paterno Esmaquel II March 01, 2018 - with Video

UPDATED 'This donation completely eliminates the sole basis of the SEC ruling against Rappler Incorporated and Rappler Holdings Corporation,' says Omidyar Network.

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Rappler says Omidyar donation not admission of guilt
by Pia Ranada March 01, 2018 - with Video
The news company maintains that the Philippine Depositary Receipts it issued to Omidyar Network did not violate the Constitution.

SEC 'internally studying' Omidyar's $1.5-M PDR donation to Rappler
by Chrisee Dela Paz and Chris Schnabel March 01, 2018
The country's corporate regulator says any action on Omidyar's donation to Rappler 'must be coursed through the honorable court through an appropriate pleading or manifestation'

Leave Rappler unhindered, lawyer says after Omidyar donation
by Paterno Esmaquel II March 01, 2018 - with Video
UPDATED Rappler lawyer Francis Lim urged government to leave the social news network "unhindered" now that philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network donated its Philippine Depositary Receipts (PDRs) to Rappler managers.
'While not legally necessary, the donation puts beyond doubt that Rappler is owned and controlled by Filipinos,' says Rappler lawyer Francis Lim

NBI summons Rappler CEO Ressa, reporter over cybercrime complaint
by Lian Buan January 18, 2018

The complaint is filed by Wilfredo Keng, a businessman Rappler reported on in 2012 for alleged favors given to impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona.

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Cyber libel charges 'unfounded' – Rappler's Maria Ressa
by Paterno Esmaquel II April 25, 2018 - with Videos
'The allegations against me are baffling and unfounded,' says Rappler CEO Maria Ressa in her counter-affidavit filed with the DOJ on her behalf by her lawyers

What’s inside Keng’s cyber libel complaint vs Rappler
by Lian Buan January 22, 2018 - with Video
While the NBI says they received the complaint in October 2017, the complaint-affidavit is dated December 20, 2017

Maria Ressa appears at NBI for cyber libel complaint
by Lian Buan January 22, 2018 - with Video
'We have nothing to hide, I'm right here. We don't have a copy of the complaint, so I don't know what kinds of questions they will ask, but we're not afraid,' says Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa.

Duterte has nothing to do with NBI subpoena vs Rappler – Malacañang
by Mara Cepeda January 20, 2018
Rappler says it found it 'interesting' that Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque knows more details about the case than the respondents, who have yet to receive a copy of the complaint

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Amnesty International slams 'alarming attempt' to silence Rappler
January 15, 2018

James Gomez, Amnesty International's Director of Southeast Asia and the Pacific, adds, 'The Philippine government should focus on ending and investigating violations, mostly against poor communities, in the ‘war on drugs,’ not trying to silence the messenger'

SEC move vs Rappler a 'politicized attack' – HRW
by Jodesz Gavilan January 16, 2018

Phelim Kine, Human Rights Watch deputy director for Asia, says this move is a weaponization of state regulatory processes

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ASEAN parliamentarians slam SEC ruling vs Rappler
by Paterno Esmaquel II January 16, 2018 - with Video

'There appears to be little doubt that this decision is politically motivated,' says ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights chairperson Charles Santiago

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When Power insists, “you’re either with us or against us,” the space for a diversity of voices and ideas shrinks.
When hate and anger are weaponized, it creates a spiral of silence.
When critical questions are simplistically equated with an anti-government agenda, it requires courage to hold decision-makers accountable.

NUJP slams cyberattack on Kodao Productions' website
February 02, 2018

Kodao.org is known for covering the peace process between the Philippine government and the NDFP, as well as issues about indigenous peoples, human rights, environmental issues

New York Times hits Duterte over SEC decision vs Rappler
by Camille Elemia January 17, 2018

In an editorial entitled 'After Killing Spree, is a free press Mr Duterte's next victim?,' the New York Times says the ruling against Rappler is 'only the tip' of President Rodrigo Duterte's assault on his media critics.

Business journalists slam 'darker agenda' behind SEC ruling on Rappler
by Chrisee Dela Paz January 16, 2018

'Now, it is more sinister. Efforts to quiet the press are clothed in hair-splitting legalities,' says the Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines.

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Rappler PDR investor hits Tiglao, questions SEC ruling
by Paterno Esmaquel II January 17, 2018 - with Videos
'Why would the SEC rescind the business license of a truly innovative, viable and popular media company?' asks North Base Media co-founder Marcus Brauchli.

Campus journalists say press freedom is everyone’s battle
by Raisa Serafica January 16, 2018
For school publications and student journalism groups, this is not Rappler's battle alone

Journalist groups hit SEC decision vs Rappler
by Camille Elemia January 15, 2018
The National Union of Journalists in the Philippines and the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines condemn the government decision against the news website

86% of Filipinos say news reports are accurate
by Mara Cepeda January 13, 2018

The Philippines ranks second among 38 countries in terms of fairness and accuracy, a recent survey by Pew Research Center says

Allocating press freedom
by Vergel O. Santos August 26, 2017

The more the press becomes intimidated, the more Duterte tries to intimidate it. It’s simply the nature of the man, as certified to clinically and as now revealed spectacularly in his presidency.

Closing Spaces – How do media and civil society fight back?
November 16, 2017 - with Videos

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Pushing for transparency, keeping public officials in check
by Michael Bueza November 03, 2017

It's important to keep an eye on what public officials are up to. Along the way, we also test the government's commitment towards transparency.

Senate OKs bill protecting TV, online, radio journalists
by Camille Elemia May 15, 2017

The bill seeks to amend the 70-year old Republic Act 53, also known as the Shield Law, which only protects print journalists from revealing their sources.

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Defining journalism in crisis
August 23, 2017

Veteran journalists Tina Monzon-Palma, Cheche Lazaro, and Vergel Santos talk about the challenges of journalism in trying times

'Women journalists more vulnerable to online harassment'
December 15, 2017 - with Video

Award-winning journalist Julie Posetti talks to Rappler about the kinds of online harassment faced by women journalists worldwide.

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End media neutrality
by Lisandro E. Claudio October 16, 2017

Want to avoid futile debates about neutrality? Admit your biases upfront. It’s a simple enough solution for individuals, but the news media should consider it as well.

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Leloy Claudio: The case for a biased, honest media
November 22, 2017 - with Video
The favorite pejorative against media is “biased.” History teacher Leloy Claudio argues, however, that media neutrality is a myth and news outlets are better off being transparent and honest

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Truth, trust, and democracy in the age of selfies, trolls, and bots

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Truth, trust, and democracy in the age of selfies, trolls, and bots
November 28, 2017
The public forum on 'Truth, Trust, and Democracy in the Age of Selfies, Trolls and Bots' aims to help promote a better understanding of how social media and other digital platforms work.

‘Black propaganda’ under Duterte admin reduced trust in media
November 29, 2017
'So makikita naman natin may effect din ‘yong pagkampanya against us,...sa pagsabi na presstitute ‘yang mga ‘yan, bayaran lahat sila. Hindi naman po totoo,' says CMFR chief Melinda Quintos-de Jesus

‘Why are we so gullible?’ Netizens speak up about truth, trust, democracy
November 29, 2017
In the age of selfies, trolls, and bots, facts matter immensely to the Filipino netizen

Media's role in a post-truth age
by Tina Monzon-Palma August 24, 2017 - with Video and FULL Text

Veteran journalist Tina Monzon-Palma says during UP's Gawad Plaridel awarding ceremony: 'How do we remain relevant in an age when truth itself seems to be under assault? The media cannot be timid. Media need not be timid if it sticks to good journalism.'

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Duterte's media security chief: Interview
by Pia Ranada November 22, 2017

Presidential Task Force on Media Security head Joel Sy Egco on updates on the Maguindanao massacre case

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efforts of the Duterte administration to protect media workers

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Gautam Mishra, CEO of Inkl, on the future of news
October 26, 2017 - with Video

In the age of post-truth and fake news, how can journalism stay afloat?

In another effort to fight fake news and to maintain its independence, Rappler recently partnered with Inkl, an Australian startup that aims to be the "Spotify for news."

Using a proprietary algorithm to create the highest quality news environment, Inkl analyzes articles for real news value instead of just what’s trending or what’s popular.

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Whom to trust – journalists or social media stars?
July 17, 2017 - with Video

Who is more inclined towards truth-telling?

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World Press Freedom Day 2017
May 1 - 4, 2017

This year, the theme of the WPFD is "Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media's Role in Advancing Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies."

The Events - videos:

  • Opening Ceremony World Press Freedom Day 2017
  • Plenary Session - Quality Journalism
  • Re-shaping Cultural Policies for Artistic Freedom
  • Journalists' Safety and Tackling Impunity
  • Media's Role in Promoting Social Inclusion
  • Media Independence and Counter Narrative in Fighting Violent Extremism Online
  • Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize Ceremony
  • Spotlight on Investigative Journalism: Perspectives from Southeast Asia and Beyond
  • How Fake(d) News and Social Media Filter Bubbles Impact the Role of Journalism in Society
  • Ensuring artistic freedom: a public policy challenge
  • Closing Ceremony: Adoption of the Jakarta Declaration

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A press under siege
by Vergel O. Santos May 05, 2017
Under Duterte’s draconian regime, press freedom in particular is under siege. He keeps shoving it, and it keeps retreating, not even digging in, or defending, much less fighting back.

Aquino cites 'deafening' silence of media under Duterte
by Camille Elemia July 20, 2017

UPDATED 'Why is it that media during our watch complained about the flimsiest and tiniest things and it seems to be a little quiet these days?' former president Benigno Aquino III says.
A year after his self-imposed ban, former president Benigno Aquino III broke his silence, as he cited the Philippine media’s “deafening silence” under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte to file multiple estafa charges vs ABS-CBN
by Pia Ranada May 19, 2017 - with the video: Duterte: ABS-CBN won't return what they stole

President Rodrigo Duterte, addressing ABS-CBN chairman Gabby Lopez, launches another curse-filled tirade against the TV network.

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Duterte's ace against ABS-CBN, the Philippines' biggest network
by Paterno Esmaquel II August 18, 2017 - with Videos
President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to block ABS-CBN's franchise is a threat to press freedom.

Duterte's target: The Philippine Daily Inquirer
August 16, 2017
Duterte started with subtle hits but has since ramped up tirades against the Philippine Daily Inquirer before the Prieto family sold its majority stake to businessman Ramon Ang, close friend of the President

Duterte threatens 'exposé' vs Inquirer
by Bea Cupin July 01, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his warning that he will ask the public to ‘occupy’ the Prietos' Mile Long property in Makati City as it 'belongs' to the people.
As President Rodrigo Duterte embarked on his second year in office, he launched fresh attacks against a major newspaper, accusing its owners of not paying proper taxes for a property whose ownership is still the subject of a court battle.

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Google's Richard Gingras on journalists' emerging challenges
May 3, 2017

Richard Gingras, Google's head of news, sits with Rappler's Maria Ressa to talk about the future of news and civic engagement in a post-truth world

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Press Freedom Day in a Post-Truth World
Published on May 1, 2017
How should journalists navigate a post-truth world?

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Surveillance, security laws hurting investigative journalism
By Carmela Fonbuena May 1, 2017
A massive study produced by UNESCO encourages journalists to train themselves in digital security, educate the public, and advocate for institutional changes

World Press Freedom Day

UN Secretary General's message for World Press Freedom Day 2017
May 02, 2017 - with video

Duterte to block renewal of ABS-CBN franchise
by Pia Ranada April 27, 2017 - with video

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will file a complaint with Congress against the network giant for 'swindling'.

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ABS-CBN franchise ‘not for urgent renewal,’ clarifies lawmaker
by Mara Cepeda April 28, 2017
Palawan 1st District Representative Franz Alvarez, chair of the House committee on legislative franchises, says the panel is prioritizing franchises that are about to expire.

Duterte tells New York Times to 'stop publishing'
by Pia Ranada April 27, 2017
The President blasts the American publication for criticizing his drug war but supposedly not criticizing certain policies of the US government

Despite improvement, PH still one of the most dangerous countries for media
by Jodesz Gavilan April 27, 2017
Reporters Without Borders, in its annual World Press Freedom Index, warns President Rodrigo Duterte's insults and open threats against media do 'not bode well'.
Rappler now a member of the International Fact-Checking Network
October 27, 2017
Rappler is one of the 37 organizations worldwide that's part of the International Fact-Checking Network, IFCN at Poynter.
The IFCN at Poynter is a forum for fact checkers worldwide to "support fact-checking initiatives by promoting best practices and exchanges" in the industry. Being a global leader in journalism, Poynter aims to promote excellence in fact-checking through the IFCN.
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Duterte tells 'rude' media: Beware of karma
Published on Mar 30, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte called newspaper Philippine Daily Inquirer and television network ABS-CBN "bastos" (rude) for writing supposedly unfair news about him and for supposedly acting for the vested interests of their owners.

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NUJP calls out Duterte's 'absolutely twisted' rant against media
March 31, 2017
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines calls Duterte's rant a 'brazen abuse' of his power as chief executive.

#InspireCourage: It's a constant, ready for you to rouse
by Marites Dañguilan Vitug November 10, 2016

Whatever environment the threats take place – under a dictatorship or a polarized environment high on impunity – this virtue remains

Presidential task force to give Digos journalist security
by Pia Ranada January 23, 2017

Radio journalist Jun Paneiro is reportedly threatened by Davao del Sur governor Douglas Cagas. The task force wants the PNP to give the case 'priority.'

Tempered rage, courage in journalism
by Chay F. Hofileña November 11, 2016

It is tempered rage, inspired idealism, and a firm anchor that sustain journalists through the toughest and most trying of times

Citizen journalists and advocates bring technology to communities
by David Lozada December 12, 2016
Online platforms and phones are now important tools for advocacies and storytelling.
Technology and social media can change a person's life and his community. A viral photo helped a street child pursue his education. A Facebook post opened up opportunities for children in conflict areas.
Annie Rafio of PHINMA University of Iloilo says she will use her new phone to spread the right information.
Over 5,000 campus journalists say 'no' to fake news
by Zak Yuson January 23, 2017

The annual journalism competition for elementary and high school students kicks off in Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur province.

Vergel Santos on “The Censored Press”
July 6, 2016

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Propaganda war: Weaponizing the internet
by Maria A. Ressa October 03, 2016

In the Philippines, paid trolls, fallacious reasoning, leaps in logic, poisoning the well – these are only some of the propaganda techniques that have helped shift public opinion on key issues.

Facebook suspends anti-Marcos journalist's account
by Gelo Gonzales November 28, 2016
This causes alarm among writers and journalists as to how critical voices can be easily silenced on the social network.
Writer and activist Inday Espina-Varona was blocked on Facebook on Monday, Nov 28, after reaching out to the social network to raise some issues about online abuse.

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Were you locked out of your account?
by Stacy de Jesus November 30, 2016
Several Facebook users were locked out of their accounts recently, and speculations surfaced – among them, possible attempts to hijack or take down accounts, many involved in anti-Marcos protests.

In the Philippines #138 in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index, journalists carry guns and know how to use them because they are in constant danger. From the 2009 Maguindanao massacre to recent execution-style killings, many have been murdered.
Facebook page critical of Duterte and supporters taken down
by Gelo Gonzales December 27, 2016
Madam Claudia, an anonymous page known to be critical of Duterte and his staunch supporters, is taken down by Facebook more than once.
A popular Facebook page known for being critical of President Duterte and some of his supporters was taken down on December 24.
The page in question is "Madam Claudia," which at the time of being taken down had more than 40,000 followers.
Filipino journalist's Facebook account hacked
by Paige Occeñola December 08, 2016
Manny Mogato's profile and cover photos are changed into pro-Duterte graphics.
Oplan Cyber Tokhang at work?
The Facebook page of Filipino journalist Manny Mogato, who works for Reuters, was hacked on Thursday, December 8. His cover photo was changed into the cover photo used by pro-Duterte Facebook page "Duterte is my President."
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Philippines 'deadliest country' in Asia for journalists in 2017
by Jodesz Gavilan December 19, 2017

Reporters Without Borders identified 4 Filipino journalists killed in line with their work in 2017, adding that President Rodrigo Duterte's 'cryptic but alarming comment' against journalists in May 2016 proved to be more than just talk.

PH ranks 5th worst country in unsolved media killings
by Jodesz Gavilan November 01, 2017

While President Rodrigo Duterte created a task force to probe media killings, it has so far failed to hold accountable the people responsible for violence against journalists in the Philippines, the CPJ report says.

Catanduanes publisher Larry Que slain – colleagues
by Agence France-Presse December 20, 2016

Larry Que, publisher of the local paper Catanduanes News Now, is the first journalist to be killed since Duterte's inauguration on June 30.
The victim had criticized in his column the "negligence" of local officials over an illegal drug factory on the island that was discovered in a police raid three weeks ago, said the union secretary-general Dabet Panelo.

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NUJP condemns killing of Catanduanes newspaper publisher
December 20, 2016 4:52pm
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) on Tuesday condemned the killing of Catanduanes-based journalist Larry Que, believing it is job-related considering the topic of his last newspaper column.

Maguindanao Massacre, election-related violence and media killings, November 23, 2009

6 updates on Maguindanao massacre's 6th year
by Jodesz Gavilan November 21, 2015
Rappler lists down what happened during the months leading to the 6th year of the worst case of election-related violence and media killings in the Philippines

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7 years later: What happened to the Maguindanao massacre case?
by Katerina Francisco Updated November 23, 2016
UPDATED Will the worst case of election-related violence in the Philippines reach its resolution under the Duterte administration?

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What Really Happened During the Maguindanao Massacre?

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Duterte OKs creation of task force vs media killings
October 13, 2016

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed Administrative Order (AO) 1 creating a presidential task force against media killings, a Palace official said on Thursday.

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Duterte creates presidential task force to probe media killings
by Pia Ranada Pia Ranada October 13, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte signs an administrative order committing that the government will investigate unsolved cases of media killings

President Rodrigo Duterte signed an administrative order (AO) creating the "Presidential Task Force on Violations of the Right to Life, Liberty and Security of the Members of the Media."

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Task force vs media killings
Sep 23, 2016

Presidential Communications Chief Martin Andanar joined Cebu-based media practitioners in a candle-light ceremony at the Cebu Provincial Capitol Grounds in Cebu City on Friday, September 23.

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By Giovanni Nilles Updated July 18, 2016

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HRW urges PH state action vs media killings
by Jodesz Gavilan August 12, 2017
The New York-based human rights organization says that media freedom will remain under threat if those responsible for killings of journalists are not held accountable.

NUJP website downed by 'massive' denial of service attack
January 10, 2017

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines calls the cyberattacker an enemy 'of press freedom and of free expression'

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NUJP alarmed by threats on journalists
Oct 3, 2016

Two Filipino journalists working for an international news agency have been threatened online after reporting how President Rodrigo Duterte referred to the Nazi Holocaust in vowing to slaughter millions of drug addicts

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