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Forum on the cyber libel verdict against Maria Ressa, Rappler

Jun 15, 2020 - 7:50 AM

(UPDATED) The Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 is scheduled to hand down its verdict on Rappler, its CEO Maria Ressa, and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr in the high profile cyber libel case on Monday, June 15

LIVE: Senate hearing on non-expiration of franchises

May 27, 2020 - 9:24 AM

Watch the Senate hearing live on Rappler

Advertising slump during virus crisis hits media jobs

May 23, 2020 - 11:47 AM

Several media workers around the world experience layoffs and wage cuts amid the COVID-19 pandemic

FALSE: Photo of former NUJP chair 'connects' her to CPP-NPA-NDF

May 16, 2020 - 4:18 PM

The photo of Rowena 'Weng' Carranza-Paraan was taken at an all-women media safety training in Cagayan de Oro City in March 2013

Former NUJP chair red-tagged in social media post

May 16, 2020 - 10:28 AM

The post tries to link former NUJP chair Rowena 'Weng' Carranza-Paraan to the New People’s Army using a photo at a media safety training in 2013

Gov’t platforms being used to attack, red-tag media

May 12, 2020 - 12:48 PM

Supposedly at the helm of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security, the PCOO reposts misleading content against media from an anti-communist government page

Public should balance 'news diet' during coronavirus pandemic

May 08, 2020 - 3:34 PM

'Your life depends now literally on the information that you are receiving…. The people need to act like their lives depend on the information they are getting,' says Steve Herman of Voice of America

How the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the media

May 07, 2020 - 8:43 PM

Journalists and media workers are still covering the COVID-19 pandemic despite budget cuts, threats to press freedom, and risk of possible infection

Here's the story behind the #StarMagicStandsWithABSCBN campaign

May 05, 2020 - 6:43 PM

The country's biggest and most iconic stars earlier donned white and wore an RGB ribbon pin to rally behind the media giant. Here's what those colors and symbols mean.

IFCN launches WhatsApp chatbot for fact checking

May 04, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The International Fact-Checking Network launches an easy-to-use tool for WhatsApp users who want to check COVID-19 rumors

Journalists call on PCOO to rescind lockdown accreditation requirement

Mar 17, 2020 - 5:08 PM

A PCOO ID for media practitioners is unnecessary during the Luzon lockdown because a valid press ID should be enough, say the UP Department of Journalism, PPI, PCP, and the CCJD

NTC will allow ABS-CBN to operate beyond May 4 unless courts intervene

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:16 PM

The National Telecommunications Commission says the provisional authority that will be granted to ABS-CBN will be valid until the end of the 18th Congress

OPERATE. ABS-CBN artists, radio, and TV reporters participate the 10th week of Friday protests calling for its continued operations.  File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LOOK: Ricky Lee, Yeng Constantino join other artists in ABS-CBN's Friday protest

Mar 06, 2020 - 9:16 PM

The artists show their support for ABS-CBN as the network's franchise renewal hangs in the balance

SPEAKING UP. Ricky Lee speaks at the March 6 rally calling for ABS-CBN's franchise renewal. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Senate: ABS-CBN should continue operations pending franchise renewal

Mar 04, 2020 - 4:48 PM

(UPDATED) The Senate approves a resolution expressing its sense on the continued operations of ABS-CBN beyond franchise expiry on May 4

CONTINUE OPERATIONS. Hundreds of fans marched along Mother Ignacia and Sgt Esguerra Streets in Quezon City during the Kapanilya Fandom to support ABS CBN and the renewal of its broadcasting franchise. Carrying photos and streamers of their favorite artists and talents, they cheered and danced in a festive rally on March 1, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

House to finally start hearing ABS-CBN franchise renewal on March 10

Mar 04, 2020 - 4:20 PM

(UPDATED) Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says ABS-CBN executives will not be invited yet, as the hearing on March 10 will focus on the National Telecommunications Commission

Employees and supporters of ABS CBN continue their Friday protest to demand from the government to renew their franchise on February 28, 2020. Holding a rally at the ABS CBN compound at Sgt. Esquearra in Quezon City. Reiterating their call to defend press freedom and vowed to continue the protest actions until the franchise have been renewed. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LOOK: Maymay Entrata, Edward Barber join fan clubs in prayer rally for ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Mar 02, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Fan clubs come together and march around the ABS-CBN compound

Hundreds of fans marched along Mother Ignacia and Sgt Esguerra Streets in Quezon City during the Kapanilya Fandom to support ABS CBN and the renewal of its broadcasting franchise. Carrying photos and streamers of their favorite artists and talents, they cheered and danced in a festive rally on March 1, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LOOK: Stars attend prayer rally for ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Feb 28, 2020 - 9:33 PM

Gerald Anderson, Nikki Valdez, and Elmo Magalona join ABS-CBN employees in calling for the renewal of the network's franchise

KAPAMILYA. Gerald Anderson and Nikki Valdez attend a prayer rally for the renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise. Rappler photo

FALSE: Comparison of rally photos from ‘ABS-CBN report’ and social media

Feb 28, 2020 - 12:41 PM

The crowd image attributed to ABS-CBN is not in any of the media outlet’s published reports

IBP head warns gov't: NTC permit to ABS can be challenged

Feb 28, 2020 - 12:31 PM

Even Justice Secretary Guevarra recognizes that his own solution could be brought to court. At least, he says, Congress can 'provide a tougher armor.'

QUESTIONABLE. IBP national president Domingo Egon Cayosa says the planned NTC provisional permit to ABS-CBN is a "stop-gap" solution that may be questioned in court. Screenshot from Rappler Talk

Cayetano: Duterte deferring to Congress means ABS-CBN likely to get NTC permit

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also insists it would 'do more harm than good' to ABS-CBN if the House would squeeze in a hearing on its franchise renewal before Congress takes a break in March

FRANCHISE WOES. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano talks about the fate of ABS-CBN's franchise renewal in the House on February 27, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Newsbreak Chats: Will ABS-CBN survive Duterte?

Feb 27, 2020 - 4:18 PM

On Thursday, February 27, the Newsbreak team will sit down to discuss the quo warranto petition against the network giant, the role of Congress in the controversy, and its implications on the fight for press freedom

Ex-SC justice refutes DOJ: ABS-CBN needs franchise, not permit, after May 4

Feb 27, 2020 - 4:05 PM

The network's franchise woes show an apparent clash between legal jurisprudence and executive command

CONCURRENCE. Retired Associate Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez is among the concurring justices in a 2003 Supreme Court decision saying a legislative franchise is required for broadcasters to operate. Photo by SC/PTV

Syrian journalist Raed Fares receives 2020 Courage in Journalism Award

Feb 27, 2020 - 1:37 PM

'Fares was keenly aware of the risks he was taking but continued to use his voice to build the foundations for a free, democratic Syria,' says the Legatum Institute of Raed Fares, who was killed on his way to cover a protest in November 2018

After media giants, campus publications also 'unsafe' – student groups

Feb 27, 2020 - 9:30 AM

‘If media giants are threatened, what is stopping the government from doing the same to campus publications?’ Philippine Collegian editor-in-chief Beatrice Puente points out

Newbie senator Bong Go thinks Drilon's ABS-CBN reso reeks of politicking

Feb 26, 2020 - 8:30 PM

'Being a neophyte senator, he may not be aware of our tradition and our rules,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, a 4-time Senate president

POLITICS? In this file photo, Senator Bong Go listens as Senator Franklin Drilon asks him questions. November 6, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte accepts ABS-CBN’s apology

Feb 26, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Does this mean the end of the broadcast network’s franchise troubles? The President says it’s up to Congress.

DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the thanksgiving gathering with The Fraternal Order of Eagles at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on January 17, 2020. Malacañang photo

House panel ‘enjoins’ NTC to grant ABS-CBN provisional authority to operate

Feb 26, 2020 - 6:35 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano believes this letter would be 'sufficient' for the NTC to allow ABS-CBN to keep operating beyond May 4

IN SESSION. The plenary session hall of the House of Representatives as pictured on December 11, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Drilon files resolution seeking ABS-CBN operations beyond May 4

Feb 26, 2020 - 4:09 PM

If adopted by the Senate, it will serve basis for the National Telecommunications Commission to grant ABS-CBN a provisional authority to continue its broadcast operations after the franchise expires

Employees and supporters of ABS-CBN join the protest calling for the franchise renewal of the network on February 21, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Scenarios: What's next for ABS-CBN's franchise after Senate hearing?

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:16 AM

We tackle 4 scenarios for the beleaguered broadcasting company

RENEWAL SOUGHT. ABS-CBN employees and supporters hold a rally on Valentines Day, February 14, 2020, to demand the renewal of the broadcast giant franchise. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

EXPLAINER: What are legal grounds for ABS-CBN to air after May 4?

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:10 PM

There's a gap in the law, but there are legal grounds that authorities can use to possibly close it. But is this more political than legal?

FRANCHISE WOES. Employees and supporters of ABS-CBN join the protest calling for the franchise renewal of the network on February 21, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

PCOO meeting with Reporters Without Borders not so 'fruitful' after all?

Feb 25, 2020 - 6:14 PM

Daniel Bastard, Reporters Without Borders Asia Pacific desk head, recalls telling Communications Secretary Martin Andanar that they can agree to disagree

FALSE: Protesters against ABS-CBN shutdown 'were paid P10,000'

Feb 25, 2020 - 5:46 PM

The claim uses a clip cut from a live video posted by the 'It's Showtime' Facebook page, which mentions its 10,000 viewers

Joint resolution extending ABS-CBN's franchise to June 2022 filed in House

Feb 25, 2020 - 1:35 PM

(UPDATED) Cebu City 1st District Representative Raul del Mar says extending the validity of ABS-CBN's franchise would allow lawmakers to protect public interest in the grant of franchises

FRANCHISE ISSUES. A veteran lawmaker from Cebu files a joint resolution that would give Congress more time to deliberate on the ABS-CBN franchise bills. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

CA reinstates, awards back wages to GMA workers fired for protesting

Feb 25, 2020 - 12:20 PM

(UPDATED) The Court of Appeals also awards backwages to 35 talents whose contracts were not renewed, saying it is a case of constructive dismissal

WALK. The protesters walked around the GMA-7 main headquarters twice before a two-hour program in the network's front gate. Photo by Faye Sales

The Duterte-ABS-CBN duel: This week's outlook

Feb 25, 2020 - 10:35 AM

Will Duterte blink before the company that gave him – in his long stint as Davao mayor – a broadcast platform where he mastered the art of pulpit politics?

EXPLAINER: ABS-CBN's defense in the Supreme Court quo warranto case

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Look at the point-by-point explanation in ABS-CBN's 58-page comment to Calida's quo warranto case

FRANCHISE WOES. Actors and actress of ABS-CBN join the solidarity gathering outside the network's headquarters in Quezon City on February 21, 2020 for the renewal of the broadcast giant franchise. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Senate hearing on ABS-CBN: No breach of laws, franchise terms

Feb 25, 2020 - 7:15 AM

Government officials clear the network over issues of taxes, labor conditions, pay-per-view service, and Philippine Depositary Receipts

RENEWAL SOUGHT. ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbak, reads his statement on the controversial franchise of the network on February 24, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Recto: If ABS-CBN had violations, impose penalties but not 'death penalty'

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:22 PM

Telecommunications Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba says ABS-CBN has no standing penalties with the commission

RENEWAL SOUGHT. ABS-CBN employees and supporters hold a rally on Valentines Day, February 14, 2020, to demand the renewal of the broadcast giant franchise. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Cayetano: House notice to NTC 'sufficient’ to allow ABS-CBN to keep operating

Feb 24, 2020 - 8:53 PM

The Speaker says the House leadership is talking to the National Telecommunications Commission to help secure a provisional authority for ABS-CBN

STILL NO HEARING. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano tells reporters on February 24, 2020 why the House leadership still finds no urgency in holding its first hearing on ABS-CBN's franchise renewal. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

'Pinuno' asks his ex-bosses in ABS-CBN: 'Galit ba si Presidente sa inyo?'

Feb 24, 2020 - 7:02 PM

A rare appearance of Senator Lito Lapid elicits laughter at the Senate hearing on ABS-CBN's franchise as he tries to ask his former bosses a hard question

RARE APPEARANCE. Senator Lito Lapid asks questions at the Senate hearing on the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ABS-CBN asks Supreme Court: Don't let Calida gag us

Feb 24, 2020 - 6:13 PM

The TV network says a gag order would be prior restraint, which has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in previous cases

FIGHT FOR FRANCHISE. Employees, artists and supporters gather at the ABS-CBN briadcast center on February 21, 2020, to protest for the renewal of the media giant's franchise. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

NUJP submits signature campaign for ABS-CBN franchise renewal to Senate

Feb 24, 2020 - 5:53 PM

NUJP and various groups gather to fight for press freedom, democracy, and workers' rights as the Senate hears issues pertaining to the ABS-CBN franchise

STAND WITH ABS-CBN. Various progressive groups hold a rally in front of Senate, Pasay City to urge lawmakers for the renewal of the broadcast giant franchise. Photos courtesy of College Editors Guild of the Philippines

LOOK: ABS-CBN stars, employees hold 'Walk of Faith'

Feb 24, 2020 - 4:09 PM

Employees and stars walk around the ABS-CBN compound as the network's executives attend a Senate hearing on the issues surrounding its franchise

Guevarra won't issue formal opinion in ABS-CBN issue

Feb 24, 2020 - 4:09 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says he is deferring to Congress, an independent branch of government

ABS-CBN FRANCHISE. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba answer questions from the senators at the hearing on the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN network on February 24, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Joel Lamangan on ABS-CBN shutdown threat: Who will tell the story of the Filipino?

Feb 24, 2020 - 4:03 PM

The esteemed director emphasizes the implications of an ABS-CBN shutdown: if government can threaten a media giant, it can do the same to smaller companies and franchises

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. Director Joel Lamangan at the Senate committee hearing on threats to ABS-CBN's legislative franchise. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Bong Go: It's those anti-Duterte ads on ABS-CBN that got the boss’ goat

Feb 24, 2020 - 3:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) ABS-CBN CEO Carlo Katigbak says 'sorry if we offended the President'

HURT. Senator Christopher 'Bong' Go says the President was hurt over the anti-Duterte campaign ads aired by ABS-CBN in 2016. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

GMA may get 55% market share if ABS-CBN shuts down

Feb 24, 2020 - 3:35 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission points out that less competition would be bad for consumers and the economy

DOJ: Congress may authorize NTC to grant ABS-CBN provisional permit

Feb 24, 2020 - 12:18 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Franklin Drilon wants to make sure that the NTC cannot withdraw the temporary permit anytime it wants

DOJ POSITION. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra tells the Senate that Congress may give NTC the authority to issue a provisional permit to ABS-CBN. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Campus publications call for autonomy, protection of press freedom

Feb 23, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Students point out how hurdles faced by campus journalists threaten the quest for truth

Legal experts call for sanctions on human rights abuses vs journalists

Feb 14, 2020 - 7:27 AM

The High-Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom recommends that governments impose sanctions like the 'Magnitsky laws' on rights violations against the media