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Rappler's latest stories on free speech


Coronavirus Updates: Threat to free speech in Cebu

May 26, 2020 - 8:00 AM

We’ve documented in Cebu at least 3 instances where residents are either intimidated by politicians, visited by police, or arrested for their Facebook posts

Citing Iran, Trump bypasses Congress to sell arms to Saudis, UAE

May 25, 2019 - 9:57 AM

The weapons, which include munitions and aircraft support maintenance, are meant 'to deter Iranian aggression and build partner self-defense capacity,' says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

PROTEST. About 17 protesters from Code Pink: Women for Peace demonstrate against U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen in the offices of Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill October 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla /Getty Images/AFP

Maria Ressa accepts Tully Award, says sense of purpose 'sharper'

Apr 25, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Rappler's Maria Ressa, recipient of the Tully Award for Free Speech, hopes to 'keep walking until I come out the other side, and hopefully the world is right-side up'

PRESS FREEDOM. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, recipient of the Tully Award for Free Speech, speaks to students at the Newhouse School of Syracuse University. Photo courtesy of Alexandria Bennet/WAER News

Vietnam's draconian cybersecurity bill comes into effect

Jan 01, 2019 - 3:24 PM

Human rights groups slam the new cybersecurity law, saying that it is a 'pervasive' and 'totalitarian model of information control'

Vietnam activists flock to 'safe' social media after cyber crackdown

Jul 05, 2018 - 4:37 PM

A new draconian law, which comes into effect January 1, requires internet companies to scrub critical content and hand over user data if Vietnam's Communist government demands it

[OPINION] Bar Bulletin No. 26: Has the Supreme Court unintentionally restrained free speech?

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Warning participants against 'undermin[ing] the safe and orderly conduct' of the oath-taking ceremonies for new lawyers intentionally or unintentionally limit public criticism of the court

Thai magazine sued for 'blasphemous' painting of ancient kings

Mar 31, 2018 - 2:51 PM

The painting, which was the work of a local high school student, was posted on Citylife Chiang Mai's Facebook page to promote a rally urging authorities to tackle a toxic haze that plagues the northern city annually

PROTEST. A Thai activist wears a badge carrying a picture of Surachai Danwattananusorn - a lese majeste convict sentenced to 15 years in jail - calling for the repeal of article 112 of the Criminal Code. Photo by Christophe Archambault / AFP

Malacanang on Peter Lim, Barangay & SK elections postponement, Umali on articles of impeachment | Evening wRap

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:18 PM

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Indonesian teen jailed for insulting president on Facebook

Jan 17, 2018 - 7:42 PM

The 18-year-old high school student is found guilty of violating the country's internet law by making defamatory and slanderous comments online. Judges also ordered him to pay 10 million rupiah ($700) in fines.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the opening day of the 60th Asian African Conference Commemoration in Jakarta on April 22, 2015. Photo by Panca Syurkani/aacc/Rappler

Constitution amendments, Mayon Volcano, The Cranberries | Evening wRap

Jan 16, 2018 - 8:36 PM

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House sub-committee wants limited protection for free speech

Jan 16, 2018 - 4:37 PM

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

Harsh Singapore laws stifling free speech, says Human Rights Watch

Dec 13, 2017 - 6:00 PM

The New York-based rights group says that while Singapore is an economic success, it is time to relax tough regulations which are not in line with international human rights standards

LESS FREEDOM. A woman reads a newspaper next to the river at Empress Place in Singapore on May 29, 2017. Photo by Roslan Rahman/ AFP

Freedom of speech ‘limits the power of government to lie’

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:27 PM

Veteran reporter Ed Lingao says about fake news online, ‘Everybody has the right to be wrong, but everybody has the responsibility to get it right’

FREEDOM. Blogger and columnist Tonyo Cruz laments the power of free speech in a democracy. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

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

Nov 28, 2017 - 1:08 PM

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

PUP student council belies Anakbayan’s claims over campus crackdown

Oct 05, 2017 - 12:10 AM

Student leaders from Polytechnic University of the Philippines clash over whether there is crackdown on campus

CAMPUS REPRESSION. Student leaders from different universities including the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) decry alleged campus repression. Photo by Danielle Nakpil/Rappler

Internet doors slammed on white nationalist extremism

Aug 17, 2017 - 2:34 PM

Internet titans that have contorted to balance free speech with odious content are standing firm this week against being used to glorify killing in the name of race

RIGHT WING. White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the 'alt-right' exchange insluts with counter-protesters as they attempt to guard the entrance to Emancipation Park during the 'Unite the Right' rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Block a troll today

Mar 06, 2017 - 3:11 PM

It s your patriotic duty And here s how to detect one

Anti-Mocha Uson petition sparks debate on freedom of speech

Oct 24, 2016 - 8:21 PM

Some social media users say banning the celebrity blogger s Facebook page – whether you are a fan of her or not – is the wrong approach

Cries of 'inquisition' as Vatican puts journalists in dock over leaks

Nov 24, 2015 - 8:55 PM

Two journalists and three Vatican officials go on trial over the publication of classified documents in a case critics have attacked as having a whiff of the inquisition

ON TRIAL. Italian journalists and writers Gianluigi Nuzzi (R) and Emiliano Fittipaldi (L) leave after the first day of Vatileaks 2 trial in Vatican, 24 November 2015. Photo by Massimo Percossi / EPA

Bangladesh teachers, students rally against latest killing

Nov 01, 2015 - 6:34 PM

Teachers writers students and other protesters converge on Dhaka University one day after a gang of suspected Islamists armed with machetes and cleavers hacked to death a publisher of secular books

PROTEST. Teachers, writers, students and other protesters converged on Dhaka University, one day after a gang of suspected Islamists armed with machetes and cleavers hacked to death a publisher of secular books. Photo by Munir uz Zaman/AFP

US envoy urges Thai junta to lift curbs on free speech

Oct 29, 2015 - 8:45 PM

Newly appointed US ambassador Glyn T Davies meets with junta leader Prayut Chan O Cha to discuss Thailand s restrictions on free speech and assembly

SALUTE? A photo made available on 20 November 2014 shows Thai students (front, 2-L and 3-R) being arrested by police officers and security guards as they flash anti-coup sign in front of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (back) while delivering a speech during his visit in Khon Kaen province, north eastern Thailand, 19 November 2014. Photo by EPA

UN envoy calls on Japan to ban extreme child manga porn

Oct 26, 2015 - 9:43 PM

A UN special envoy calls on Japan to ban cartoon images featuring extreme sexualized images of children after Tokyo last year fell into line with other G7 nations by criminalizing possession of child pornography

MANGA. Visitors looks at drawings in an exhibit of the "Milano Manga Festival," tracing the 200-year history of Japanese manga on May 2, 2013 during the press preview in Milan. Photo by Olivier Morin / AFP

Sacred cows: #AlDub, Heneral Luna, and the fear of criticism

Oct 03, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Have some fans of AlDub and Heneral Luna gone too far in protecting their beloveds?

Ex pro-Putin Internet troll seeks to expose Kremlin 'propaganda factory'

Jun 03, 2015 - 4:11 AM

A Russian freelance journalist who claims she went undercover as a pro government Internet troll says she is suing her former employer in a bid to expose the workings of the Kremlin s online army

TROLL. A file picture taken on March 31, 2015, shows Lyudmila Savchuk working on her laptop during an interview in Saint Petersburg. Photo by Olga Maltseva / AFP

Open letter: Thailand OFWs ask PH to free 'Koko Narak'

May 09, 2015 - 9:25 AM

We believe that the charges brought against Mr Kosin are disproportionate responses OFWs in Thailand write to the Philippine government in an open letter

Photo of letter from Bureau of Immigration

India's top court upholds free speech on Internet

Mar 24, 2015 - 9:20 PM

India s Supreme Court says the 2009 amendment to the Information Technology Act known as section 66A is an unconstitutional curb on freedom of speech

FREE SPEECH. An Indian commuter stands as he browses the internet with his smartphone in Calcutta, India, 09 February 2015. Piyal Adhikary/EPA

Singapore bans protests at free-speech park after Lee's death

Mar 24, 2015 - 8:34 AM

In a surprise move hours after Lee s death Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean revokes a legal provision allowing public meetings and protests at Speakers Corner

FOR LKY. In this file photo, a candle, flowers and cards wishing for the recovery of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew are placed outside a hospital block at the Singapore General Hospital, 20 March 2015. Wallace Woon/EPA

Bangladeshis pay tribute to US blogger killed in machete attack

Mar 01, 2015 - 10:45 PM

More than 1 000 mourners gathered to pay respects and lay wreaths on murdered atheist blogger Avijit Roy

TRIBUTE. Bangladeshi mourners pay their last respects to US blogger of Bangladeshi origin and founder of the Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog site Avijit Roy in Dhaka on March 1, 2015. Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP

Sotto: Protect broadcast, online news sources

Feb 21, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Senator Tito Sotto s bill includes broadcast and online journalists in the list of media practitioners who cannot be compelled to reveal their news sources

SOTTO III LAW. Senator Vicente Sotto III proposes a bill amending his grandfather's law to allow broadcast and online journalists to keep their news sources confidential. File photo by Ramon Lopez/Senate PRIB

Media Revolution 2015: Are we Charlie?

Feb 11, 2015 - 1:41 PM

The forum sheds light on a number of issues the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has raised including questions on press freedom censorship and the conflict between ethics and free speech

Francis, Charlie and the right to offend

Jan 26, 2015 - 11:50 AM

The idea that the religious have a right not to be offended is an invitation for the many to oppress the few

#JeSuisCharlie? Media debates self-censorship of cartoons

Jan 08, 2015 - 11:44 AM

Should news organizations self censor the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad or use the images in the name of free speech?

CROPPED, BLURRED. CNN crops and blurs a photo of slain Charlie Hebdo editor and publisher Stéphane Charbonnier holding an issue of the magazine. Screengrab from Variety

Top US court mulls free speech, Facebook threats

Dec 02, 2014 - 6:21 PM

The justices are expected to decide the case at the end of their term in June

FACEBOOK, THREATS, AND FREE SPEECH. A file photo dated 31 January 2012 showing a view of the entrance to Facebook corporate headquarters in Menlo Park, California, USA. Peter DaSilva/EPA

F___ censorship

Jun 24, 2014 - 5:52 PM

We must debate what cannot be debated Discuss what is forbidden Consider openly what is blasphemous

Turkey lifts controversial YouTube ban

Jun 03, 2014 - 11:03 PM

Turkey lifts a controversial ban on YouTube on Tuesday days after the country s top court ruled that it breached the right to free speech

FREED. A laptop computer showing YouTube's logo on its screen is held in front of graffiti on March 27, 2014 in Istanbul. Photo by Bulent Kilic / AFP

Turkey lifts controversial Twitter ban

Apr 03, 2014 - 11:26 PM

The decision comes a day after the country s top court said the ban breached the right to free speech

BAN LIFTED. Turkish women check their mobile phones at a cafe in Istanbul, Turkey, March 21, 2014. Photo by Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

US on Turkey's twitter ban: more tweets than before

Mar 25, 2014 - 6:50 AM

Turkish tweets have increased since Turkey banned Twitter in the country

MORE TWEETS. The United States noted there have been more Turkish tweets since a ban on Twitter in Turkey came to pass. File photo by Fred Tanneau/AFP

US porn makers slam HIV claims

Sep 11, 2013 - 7:26 PM

Health care group accused of posturing to the detriment of porn industry

ADMISSION. 'Knock me down ill get back up,' went Rod Daily's Twitter. Photo from his Facebook

Law used vs Celdran 'outdated, obsolete'

Jan 28, 2013 - 9:52 PM

A Manila court s conviction of Church critic Carlos Celdran may be the first post World War II case says his lawyer

FREE SPEECH. Rights to safeguard religion and free speech are coming to a head in the Carlos Celdran case. Photo courtesy of Carlos Celdran's Facebook.

Chinese scholar sues Sina for closing Weibo account

Jan 24, 2013 - 10:27 PM

A Chinese scholar sues the company behind Sina Weibo for closing his account with notification and keeping his money

SINA WEIBO TROUBLE. A Chinese scholar has sued Sina Corp. for closing his microblog without notice and collecting payment from him after closure.

PH's tool vs martial law under threat

Sep 21, 2012 - 8:55 AM

Filipinos mark the 40th anniversary of martial law amid new threats to online speech

Shut up, or the SpeechJammer will do it for you

Mar 02, 2012 - 5:00 PM

Device that utilizes the concept of Delayed Auditory Feedback to silence a speaker developed

SPEECHJAMMER. An image of the SpeechJammer prototype #2, a device that could cut off people speaking. Image courtesy of Cornell/