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Disinformation, surveillance growing threats to democracy – Freedom House

Nov 05, 2019 - 3:02 PM

An annual report on online freedom by Freedom House finds evidence of 'advanced social media surveillance programs' in at least 40 of 65 countries analyzed

Duterte and the saints, digital authoritarianism, Harvey Weinstein | Midday wRap

Nov 02, 2018 - 12:59 PM

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Chinese-style 'digital authoritarianism' grows globally – study

Nov 01, 2018 - 8:20 PM

'Democracies are struggling in the digital age, while China is exporting its model of censorship and surveillance to control information both inside and outside its borders,' says Freedom House

House resolution seeks to adopt 'restrictive' rules on media coverage

Sep 24, 2018 - 5:15 PM

(UPDATED) House committee on public information chairperson Ben Evardone says some of the provision will make it difficult for journalists to gain access to the House of Representatives

COVERING THE HOUSE. Lawmakers attend the session at the House of Representatives on December 13, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SWS survey on Duterte’s trust rating, Press freedom in PH, Kim and Moon summit | Evening wRap

Apr 27, 2018 - 7:50 PM

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Alvarez on Uson and Roque, Abu Sayyaf members arrested, Andanar on keyboard army | Evening wRap

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:04 PM

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PCOO does not hire 'keyboard army' – Andanar

Nov 17, 2017 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar attributes online support for Duterte to his 'millions of supporters'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at the New Executive Building for the relaunching of the Malacañang Press Briefing Room (MPBR) on October 12, 2017. Accompanying the President is Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 16, 2017

Nov 16, 2017 - 9:39 AM

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President of the United States of America and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte during the 31st ASEAN GALA Dinner  Photo by Russell Palma Pool Photo

Freedom House report, Maguindanao airstrike, Trump on U.S.-PH ties | Evening wRap

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:51 PM

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PH 'keyboard army' drumming up support for drug war – report

Nov 15, 2017 - 3:35 PM

(UPDATED) The report by Freedom House, Freedom on the Net 2017, says the country's paid commenters could earn anywhere from P500 ($10) to up to P2,000 or P3,000 ($40 to $60) daily

More governments manipulate media with 'bots,' trolls – study

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:23 PM

Other countries also increased their efforts to censor and manipulate information, the report says, including a 'keyboard army' of people employed and paid $10 a day by the Philippine government to amplify the impression of widespread support of a brutal drugs crackdown

Global press freedom at 13-year low – survey

Apr 28, 2017 - 1:56 PM

Political leaders and other partisan forces in many democracies – including the United States Poland the Philippines and South Africa – attacked the credibility of independent media and fact based journalism

Online freedom hit by pressure on social media, apps

Nov 15, 2016 - 12:26 AM

The Freedom on the Net report by the activist group Freedom House says a growing number of regimes are restricting or censoring messaging platforms such as WhatsApp in addition to popular social networks

INTERNET FREEDOM. Screen shot from Freedom House's 2016 'Freedom on the Net' report

Replacement ballots, Freedom House, Diwata-1 | 12PM wRap

Apr 28, 2016 - 12:54 PM

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Global press freedom at 12-year low – watchdog

Apr 28, 2016 - 6:50 AM

The survey of 199 countries and territories by Freedom House found that the percentage of the global population living in areas with a free press was just 13

Media cameras and microphones during the verdict deliberation of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, April 8, 2015. Katherine Taylor/EPA

Hedged condemnation of Hebdo attack across Southeast Asia

Jan 13, 2015 - 1:43 PM

No leader or government spoke out about the real attack the one on press freedom whether you agree that Charlie Hedbo was tasteful or not

Online freedom declines, amid NSA effect

Dec 05, 2014 - 7:39 AM

The report by the non government watchdog group Freedom House says online freedom declined in 36 of 65 countries surveyed

DOJ backs right of reply bill

Sep 27, 2014 - 2:59 AM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima reiterates an earlier position backing the proposed law which media groups warn would curtail press freedom

RIGHT OF REPLY. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima reiterates her support for a proposed law that would require media outfits to publish or air the side of people who feel maligned by news reports. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

'Partly free?' PH vows improved political, civil rights

Jan 25, 2014 - 4:32 PM

According to a report by US based NGO Freedom House the Philippines is one of 59 countries listed as partly free

Image courtesy of the Freedom House website

UN forum: Snowden, Asia and the web

Oct 21, 2013 - 8:20 AM

Snowden s revelations of mass surveillance will shape the discussions in the UN Internet Governance Forum in Bali

Cybercrime law mars PH net freedom – global report

Oct 03, 2013 - 10:44 PM

A report of US based Freedom House says Internet freedom in the Philippines declined primarily because of the notorious restrictive and punitive law

Photo by Hoang Vu