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On World Press Freedom Day, Filipino journos press for Frenchie Mae Cumpio’s freedom, junking of Anti-Terror Law

"But even if we mark World Press Freedom Day with many reasons to be fearful, we mark it also with hope, knowing that there are many of us still working each day to gather facts and shine a little light on what is happening in the country and on what isn't." The post On World Press Freedom Day, Filipino journos press for Frenchie Mae Cumpio’s freedom, junking of Anti-Terror Law appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource: bulatlat bulatlatMay 3rd, 2021

8K defy government’s warning against joining protests

“We are outraged because the government ignores the plight of the workers and the people in this pandemic. It is more interested in suppressing freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of assembly.  It is more concerned with concentrating power through the Anti-Terror Law, and if Duterte wishes so, a charter change.” The post 8K defy government’s warning against joining protests appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJul 27th, 2020

Now, more than ever

UNESCO led the world last Monday in celebrating World Press Freedom Day. Last Wednesday marked the day ABS-CBN was shut down by Duterte a year ago......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 6th, 2021

NUJP on World Press Freedom Day: We will continue to insist on being free

We mark World Press Freedom Day with recent reminders of the risks that journalists in the Philippines, especially those among the alternative and regional media face......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsMay 5th, 2021

Groups urge concrete actions against barriers on World Press Freedom Day

"Support against barriers to press freedom exist beyond mere rhetoric. Concrete actions need to be done to ensure that members of the media are protected in the line of duty.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2021

Former NUJP officer shot dead in Capiz, campus journalist’s house raided in Bicol

A day before the World Press Freedom Day, a former NUJP officer was shot dead in Capiz and a campus journalist's house was raided in Bicol. The post Former NUJP officer shot dead in Capiz, campus journalist’s house raided in Bicol appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2021

Palace disputes, downplays dip in World Press Freedom Index

"In the same way that we expect the president not to be onion-skinned, the media should not be onion-skinned when the president responds," the president's spokesperson said. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2021

Philippine press freedom ranking slides down on 3rd year

In 2019, the country ranked 134th out of 180 countries, and fell two places in 2020 at 136th. This year, the Philippines’ ranked 138th and was classified by the RSF as one of the world’s deadliest countries for journalists and bloggers. The post Philippine press freedom ranking slides down on 3rd year appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsApr 21st, 2021

Truthtellers under siege: Worsening media repression under the Duterte administration

The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 has been widely criticised for curtailing press freedom and the freedom of expression. It has granted authorities the power to detain activists and journalists, and to allege them at the very least of committing terrorism as the law so vaguely defined. The post Truthtellers under siege: Worsening media repression under the Duterte administration appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsDec 14th, 2020

First ever Digital Security Policy and Guidelines for Filipino Journalists launched

"That this is being produced amid a repressive regime makes it even more relevant as the media continue to be under attack from those who should protect and uphold press freedom and other basic freedoms." The post First ever Digital Security Policy and Guidelines for Filipino Journalists launched appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2020

Peace hopes up in flight disputes  

The South China Sea has long been a major field of contention between the United States and China, with the US actively challenging China’s claim to sovereignty over most of the sea within a nine-dash line, and constantly sending ships and planes into the area asserting freedom of navigation in what it considers international waters. China, however, sees these flights as provocations. The South China Sea is bounded by the Philippines in the east, Vietnam in the west, and Malaysia and Brunei in the south. To the northeast is the East China Sea between China and Japan. Farther north of that is the Yellow Sea between China and North and South Korea. Last month, an international incident in that far-off area came to involve the Philippines — a US surveillance aircraft flying over the Yellow Sea allegedly used codes belonging to Philippine aircraft. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said this is a serious security issue as it could entangle the Philippines in the rising tension between China and US. A report from the South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSSPI) said a US RC-1355 reconnaisance aircraft using a code assigned to the Philippines flew over the Yellow Sea between China and Korea. The detected Philippine code could have made China suspicious as the Philippines does not conduct patrol operations over that area. The US pilots may have been trying to test China’s reaction, Esperon said as he expressed his concern. “What could happen is it could implicate or incriminate the Philippine side. We simply have to remind our US counterparts of the implications. The Philippines has sent a communication to the US embassy in Manila. This is something that must be discussed. Nonetheless, we hope this could be settled satisfactorily between the parties,” he said. In a press conference, China’s foreign ministry said, “Since the beginning of this year, US reconaissance aircraft have electronically impersonated civil aircraft of other countries in the South China Sea for more than a hundred times. This threatens the security of China and countries in the region.” The flights over the Yellow Sea near Korea, like the ones over the East China near Japan, and the South China Sea near the Philippines have long been part of US operations around the world as it asserts freedom of navigation and flight over international waters. We hope these two nations will be able to carry on without any incident that may lead to a violent confrontation and we hope they do not unduly involve and endanger any other nation like the Philippines which is friend to both sides......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

All eyes on Nobel Peace Prize, highlight of awards week

The Nobel Peace Prize, the highlight of the annual awards week, will be announced Friday, with press freedom watchdogs, Greta Thunberg and the World Health Organization seen as possible laureates in a field wide open......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

The Nobel Peace Prize: WHO, Greta or press watchdogs?

The World Health Organization is the bookies’ favorite to win the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, though experts say Greta Thunberg or press freedom groups are also strong contenders......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 7th, 2020

In Duterte’s Mindanao, journalists get threats and terror tag

“To be a committed journalist means you also have to survive the risks presented by a corrupt and intolerant government and its agencies, and other enemies of press freedom,” says Espina to journalists who want to strive in this field......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsAug 11th, 2020

ABS-CBN shutdown: An assault to the people’s right to know

STATEMENT Bulatlat.com Congress has done it again: betray the Filipino people. This time, by striking another blow to press freedom and the people’s right to know. To say that the members of the media sector are perturbed and disappointed is an understatement: we are beyond aghast by how the supposed politicians who were thrust to… The post ABS-CBN shutdown: An assault to the people’s right to know appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJul 10th, 2020

Agosto 30, dineklarang National Press Freedom Day

Inaprubahan ng Kamara ang panukalang nagdedeklara ng August 30 kada taon bilang ‘National Press Freedom Day’. The post Agosto 30, dineklarang National Press Freedom Day first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsJun 4th, 2021

House approves bill declaring National Press Freedom Day on August 30

(Update) This came from the same 'House of the People' that voted to deny ABS-CBN Corp., the country's largest broadcast company, a fresh franchise in what many saw as a blow to an already precarious press freedom situation in the country. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2021

House probe pushed on killing of ex-NUJP director

The Makabayan bloc is urging the House of Representatives to investigate the killing of Pilar, Capiz municipal administrator John Heredia, a former journalist, which they say “highlights the culture of impunity and worsening state of press freedom in the country.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 6th, 2021

EDITORIAL - Press freedom in the pandemic

In this pandemic, a critical component of the response is the dissemination of timely, accurate and reliable information to the public......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2021

Embattled Philippine journalist wins UN press prize

The UN's cultural agency on Tuesday awarded its annual press freedom prize to Philippine journalist Maria Ressa whose reporting has made her a target of her country's judiciary and online hate campaigns......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 28th, 2021

Sana all : Groups press for freedom of five HRDay 7 still in detention

Following the release of Manila Today editor Lady Ann Salem and labor organizer Rodrigo Esparago, various groups on Saturday called for the release of the rest of the so-called “Human Rights Day 7,” insisting that they are being held on false charges......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 6th, 2021