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'Lies kill': Journalists tackle challenges in reporting on the pandemic

May 05, 2020 - 11:28 AM

Maria Ressa, Ging Reyes, and Sheila Coronel talk about journalism in the age of pandemic – and the opportunities a crisis brings

Cayetano defends House session in Batangas: It's symbolic

Feb 12, 2020 - 7:52 AM

'If you're asking nakasagabal ba kami nang onti, yes.... But I think the symbolism at 'yung pakikiramay much, much outweighs [everything else],' says House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

DEFENSE. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr, and House committee on disaster management chair Lucy Torres Gomez answer questions from the media on January 22, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/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

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa: 2020 is the year we must fight the battle for truth

Jan 29, 2020 - 8:25 PM

Ressa believes 2020 will be a decisive year for media and journalism both in the Philippines and around the world

Journalists, lawyers call for state accountability after Ampatuan verdict

Dec 20, 2019 - 5:39 PM

The state needs to be accountable for crimes committed by its own agents, says NUJP chair Nonoy Espina, whether it's the Ampatuan massacre or the drug war

Family members, counsel, and journalists join a press conference after the verdict has been announced for the Ampatuan promulgation in Taguig next December 19, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

154 attacks, threats vs journalists since Duterte took office – media groups

Dec 11, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The Freedom for Media, Freedom for All Network says at least 15 journalists have been killed under the Duterte administration

[ANALYSIS] The global fight for media freedom: Why it matters

Jul 19, 2019 - 1:46 PM

It's not enough to just defend media freedom, we must proactively support it. And that requires serious investment – in will, advocacy, and real money.

Advocates band together in unity event for World Press Freedom Day

May 04, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Advocates and journalists take to the stage to voice out relevant issues in the Philippines through a concert to commemorate World Press Freedom Day

TRUTH. Artist Mae Paner encourages the public to fight lies during the freedom festival jam commemorating World Press Freedom Day on May 3. Photo by Jillian Siervo/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: World Press Freedom Day 2019 activities in the Philippines

May 04, 2019 - 5:40 PM

These events are being organized against the backdrop of attacks on press freedom, which have escalated in the Philippines in recent months

Youth groups conduct quick reaction mobilization to condemn the sudden arrest of Rappler's Maria Ressa and continous threats of the Duterte government against the right to press freedom at University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Over 100 attacks vs journalists since Duterte assumed office – monitor

May 03, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The Freedom for Media, Freedom for All Network says it has monitored at least 128 attacks and threats against members of the press since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office

ATTACKS MAPPED. Luis Teodoro leads the presentation of data on attacks against members of the press at the press freedom forum organized by the Freedom for Media, Freedom for All Network. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

STATEMENT: With Rappler ban, Duterte also violates public right to know

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:28 PM

This case is not just about Rappler. It is about every journalist’s mandate to cover the Office of the President and scrutinize the tremendous power it holds without prior restraint or threat of punishment.

Rappler asks Supreme Court to end Duterte coverage ban

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:26 PM

(UPDATED) A significant press freedom test case under the Duterte administration, the Rappler petition argues that the coverage ban violates constitutional guarantees of a free press, free speech, equal protection and due process

COURT OF LAST RESORT. The Supreme Court in Padre Faure, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Journalists urged not to aid trial by publicity over narco list

Mar 07, 2019 - 7:54 PM

‘Government, media can’t play fast, loose with due process and rule of law,’ says the statement of journalists and media organizations on list of alleged ‘narco politicians’

[OPINION] A new weapon against press freedom in the Philippines

Dec 06, 2018 - 11:53 AM

Rappler is doing its job – and that’s why it has become a favorite target of the Duterte government

 HOLD THE LINE. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa posts bail for tax evasion charges at the Pasig Regional Trial Court on December 3, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: Sheila Coronel introduces Maria Ressa at the CPJ 2018 awards

Nov 29, 2018 - 11:16 PM

"Maria and her team are a shining example of principled resistance to the erosion of democratic norms."

Maria Ressa receives CPJ's press freedom award

Nov 21, 2018 - 12:02 PM

'We need to continue reporting without fear or favor,' Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa says after accepting the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award in New York City

PRESS FREEDOM. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa receives the 2018 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists. Screenshot courtesy of CPJ

Philippine media under attack: Press freedom after 2 years of Duterte

Jun 29, 2018 - 10:05 PM

(UPDATED) As the President enters his second year, we look back at the attacks that journalists have had to endure

Media groups record 85 attacks on press freedom under Duterte

May 03, 2018 - 6:30 PM

'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

MEDIA FORUM. PCIJ Director Malou Mangahas at the 'Speak Truth to Power, Keep Power in Check' forum on May 3. 2018, with fellow panelists CMFR Executive Director Melinda Quintos de Jesus, NUJP Director Raymond Villanueva, and PPI Director Ariel Sebellino. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/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

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Bakit takot sa media ang mga diktador?

Apr 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

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

Journalist Ed Lingao: 'You have to fight back'

Apr 23, 2018 - 12:30 PM

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

Reporter Pia Ranada: 'If I can be targeted, so can any one else who is critical'

Apr 16, 2018 - 9:51 AM

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

Photographer Ezra Acayan: 'I am human first before I am a journalist'

Apr 09, 2018 - 11:29 AM

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

Rappler to NBI: Why revive case you already dismissed?

Mar 09, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation in February junked a libel complaint filed against Rappler, finding it to be 'without basis. In a bizarre twist, the agency revives the case.

WATCH: Democracy and Disinformation Forum

Feb 13, 2018 - 4:46 PM

How 'fake news' and other forms of disinformation threaten our freedoms, and how to fight back

Atom Araullo speaks up on press freedom

Feb 03, 2018 - 1:46 PM

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

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

#DefendPressFreedom: Media under attack

Jan 30, 2018 - 9:17 PM

A compilation of stories and opinion about threats to the Philippine media

READ: Rappler's verified explanation submitted to SEC

Jan 30, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Here's a full copy of the verified explanation that Rappler gave the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 29, 2017

UN experts slam moves to shut down Rappler

Jan 26, 2018 - 10:13 AM

UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard and two other experts say, 'We are gravely concerned that the government is moving to revoke Rappler's license'

PRESS FREEDOM. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa joins a Black Friday for Press Freedom rally in Quezon City on January 19, 2018, after the Securities and Exchange Commission revoked Rappler's license. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Philippine gov't hits New York Times for defending Rappler

Jan 25, 2018 - 11:42 AM

'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

BLACK FRIDAY. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa addresses reporters during the Black Friday for Press Freedom rally in Quezon City on January 19, 2018. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

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

Pro-democracy organization slams writers group for ‘casting aspersions without evidence'

Jan 24, 2018 - 12:40 PM

The group Let’s Organize for Democracy and Integrity (LODI) says the letter of the 'concerned writers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao' posted online 'cast doubt and aspersion without evidence' against Rappler

How cyber libel complaint versus Rappler can endanger the press

Jan 23, 2018 - 5:36 PM

This means any previous libel case 'can be reopened' if the story concerned remains online, warns Rappler CEO Maria Ressa

Can you remove 'harmful' info about yourself that's online?

Jan 22, 2018 - 10:08 PM

Landmark cases in Australia and the European Union invoking the principle of 'The Right to be Forgotten' involve only Google, as a search engine, and not news media outlets

What’s inside Keng’s cyber libel complaint vs Rappler

Jan 22, 2018 - 9:48 PM

While the NBI says they received the complaint in October 2017, the complaint-affidavit is dated December 20, 2017

Maria inside the NBI Cybercrime office on January 22, 2018. Photo by Rupert Ambil/Rappler

SEC move vs Rappler a 'significant restriction' on freedom of expression – ICJ

Jan 22, 2018 - 4:30 PM

In a statement, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) says it is concerned that the decision to target Rappler 'may have been retaliatory and politically motivated'

Rappler libel complaint dangerous for media, bloggers – cyber lawyer

Jan 22, 2018 - 1:00 PM

NBI Cybercrime Division chief Manuel Eduarte says a search warrant against Rappler is highly unlikely

Maria Ressa answers question from the media  Photo by Leanne Jazul / Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Eh ano ngayon kung ma-padlock ang Rappler?

Jan 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Ang pamahalaang gumagamit ng corporate take-downs upang busalan ang mga tumutuligsa dito ay hindi mag-aatubiling sagasaan ang karapatan ng pangkaraniwang mamamayan

FAQs: Rappler's SEC case

Jan 22, 2018 - 8:30 AM

[UPDATED] Rappler's response to frequently asked questions about the SEC's decision revoking its registration

EXPLAINER: How SEC's Rappler decision is a test case for press freedom

Jan 20, 2018 - 10:39 PM

‘If Rappler can make out a case that this is actually malicious, the court cannot ignore that the government might be in violation of the constitutional guarantee to press freedom,’ says IBP national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo

TEST CASE. Can the SEC ruling against Rappler be used to push for a test case of press freedom? sec-rappler-decision  TEST CASE. Can the SEC ruling against Rappler be used to push for a test case of press freedom? sec-rappler-decision

'People's right to know rests on press freedom' – PCIJ

Jan 20, 2018 - 8:14 PM

'We want to offer you this discussion because it's not only about the media but it's also about people's rights,' says Malou Mangahas, Executive Director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

RIGHT TO KNOW. Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) Executive Director Malou Mangahas spoke at the Black Friday rally in Quezon City on January 19, 2017. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

SEC order vs Rappler ‘bad for democracy’ – Drilon

Jan 20, 2018 - 7:25 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the Securities and Exchange Commission should have given Rappler more time to address its alleged violations

'BAD FOR DEMOCRACY.' Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the SEC's order for Rappler to shut down is a "cause of concern." File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

[OPINION | Newspoint] The elephant in the room

Jan 20, 2018 - 3:33 PM

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

Netizens speak out for press freedom on Black Friday

Jan 20, 2018 - 1:46 PM

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

Bacolod media, groups join 'Black Friday' call to uphold press freedom

Jan 19, 2018 - 11:06 PM

About 50 attendees call for the government to uphold press freedom, The group also lights candles and stages a noise barrage.

LIGHT IN THE DARK. Members of the press and other organizations light candles to call for press freedom at the Fountain of Justice in Bacolod City Friday, January 19. Photo courtesy of NUJP-Bacolod

Suppressing media is suppressing people's demands – progressive groups, advocates

Jan 19, 2018 - 9:30 PM

'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

DEFEND PRESS FREEDOM. Several groups joined the mass action in Quezon City to defend press freedom. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

PH media goes black to protest threats against press freedom

Jan 19, 2018 - 9:27 PM

Dubbed as the #BlackFridayForPressFreedom, the gathering is just one of the many protests organized following the SEC ruling against Rappler

Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

[OPINION] Case vs Rappler not a freedom of the press issue? Please.

Jan 19, 2018 - 6:32 PM

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

SEC: No review of ABS-CBN, GMA PDRs after Rappler

Jan 19, 2018 - 4:08 PM

After the SEC decided to revoke Rappler's license due to a 'repugnant' provision in its Philippine Depositary Receipts with Omidyar, many speculated that the regulator will go after the two broadcast giants next