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Malaysiakini and editor-in-chief Steven Gan, who could face imprisonment if found guilty of contempt of court, await the Malaysian Federal Court's judgment
'The denial of ABS-CBN’s franchise application resonates with all of us: our job security, our freedom of information, expression, and the press and, our fundamental right to know and be happy'
It seems that all is well now between Calida and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, because what used to be a clash over jurisdiction now appears to be just a thing of the past
President Spokesman Harry Roque again claims the controversial decision has 'no chilling effect,' supposedly because ABS-CBN is mostly engaged in producing entertainment content
(4th UPDATE) 'A thousand little cuts do not make us weak, these make us stronger,' says the Malacañang Press Corps, as Philippine journalists call out the 'house of minions'
The latest searches of members of the opposition come after Vladimir Putin, who has been in power for two decades, this month oversaw a controversial vote that allows him to extend his hold on power until 2036
The probe into the Qatar-based network's program adds concerns about a widening media crackdown in Malaysia since a coalition headed by a scandal-plagued party took power in March
'The campaign takes its name from Ressa's commitment to hold the line in response to sustained state harassment and prolific online violence'
The spokeswoman for the US embassy in Moscow tweets: 'Watching arrest after arrest of Russian journalists – it's starting to look like a concerted campaign against #MediaFreedom'
'It is now hoped that petitions to junk the anti-terror law filed in the Supreme Court can be judiciously decided sooner than later'
'Already, many people in the provinces and our islands have lost access to their only sources of news. This has life and death implications for many...'
The President slams 'bright girls' who write critically of his government. He also claims he doesn't read well-written articles that show him in a bad light.
'The case against Ivan Safronov is an absolutely new level of repression against journalism in the country,' says security analyst Andrei Soldatov
Concerns about worsening freedom of expression have been growing in Malaysia since the collapse of a reformist government in February and the return of a scandal-plagued party to power
'What should the people do? Should they delete their old posts or make their accounts private?' That may not be enough.
'The biggest success is that I was not forbidden from working in my profession,' the journalist tells the crowd, sporting a T-shirt that says 'We will not shut up'
'Jesus, in the Gospel, said that if a hand causes you to sin, it has to be cut off. This means that things that enable immorality have to be fought and abolished.'
'Kakalampagin natin ang Korte Suprema. Lalaban ulit tayo sa Kongreso,' says Katapat, echoing fellow youth groups in the country following the signing of the anti-terror law
'[Judges] cannot just blame people for making negative outbursts regarding their decisions'
One of the bill's most controversial articles will require social media platforms to make supposedly confidential messages available to the judiciary for 3 months, including the identity of senders
The suspects are charged with 'deliberately and monstrously killing, causing torment'
The investor consortium, which includes former News Corp chief Peter Tonagh, tells staff in an email they shared 'a common goal – a desire to protect media diversity in Australia'
[OPINION] Beyond legalities and technicalities: How the court decision challenges us to keep press freedom alive
'Fear is not what we need at this time, of all times. Especially if fear tricks us into seeing enemies where there are only fellow Filipinos and fellow human beings...'
'To think that the conviction will only last for at least 6 years is wrong. This imprisonment will last for generations and lifetimes to come, and haunt the national memory.'
The Washington-based National Press Club has chosen Rappler CEO Maria Ressa for its international Press Freedom Award, which is given to an individual 'who bravely pushes to disclose the truth in trying circumstances'
'How can an offense deemed to be so minor such as libel and a right so fundamental such as the freedom of speech and of the press stir so much conflict and confusion?'
(UPDATED) The experts also call on the International Criminal Court to 'expedite and prioritize the completion of its preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines'
Ridicule of the powerful is ingrained in Hong Kong's culture, aided by Cantonese, a language often riotously colorful in its insults. But that is something Hong Kongers believe Beijing is determined to stamp out.
Index.hu editor-in-chief Szabolcs Dull says a 'proposed organizational overhaul' put Index 'under such external pressure that could spell out the end of our editorial staff as we know it'
The film by Ramona Diaz follows Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, as it covers democracy and press freedom in the Philippines
'This kind of blatant political interference has long been the norm in the developing countries with which I'm most familiar, but not in the US,' Janet Steele, director of the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication at George Washington University
(UPDATED) In this global court, at stake is more than a fine and jail time, but the Philippines’ name on the world stage
The cybercrime law goes against the universal trend toward making libel no longer punishable by imprisonment, a long-overdue reinforcement of press freedom in its lopsided relationship to power
The cyber libel verdict on Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher Rey Santos Jr affects all citizens, says the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility
The Save Our Schools Network says it believes the conviction is part of the Duterte administration's aim to silence critical media
'In other words, your articles from 3 ago or even 10 years ago can be used to sue you for cyber libel on the ground that they had been republished,' says lawyer Romel Bagares, one of the petitioners against the 2012 Cybercrime Law
Manila Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa says social media makes 'the keyboard mightier than the pen and thus mightier than the sword'
While the daily newspaper focuses on business and industry news, its editorial section has become a vital space for dissenting voices and debate on political life in Russia
The Special Award seeks to recognize reporting that informs the public, provides an outlet for people's voices, creates space for critical information, and holds power to account
'Governments should not impinge on the fundamental values of a free press,' says Twitter
After the conviction of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque uses President Rodrigo Duterte’s backing of a Davao-based journalist in an old libel case as proof he supports press freedom
'What a complete travesty of justice and an outrage,' says UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye
(UPDATED) Filipinos online say the conviction of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr is ‘another cut to add to the thousands’
Sa ibinabang desisyon, hindi batas ang nangibabaw; ang nagwagi ay ang pagbaluktot ng batas para sa kasiyahan at interes ng mga nasa kapangyarihan at kanilang mga kasabwat
(4th UPDATE) The court rules only Rappler as a company is not guilty
(UPDATED) Cyber libel is punishable by jail time of 6 months and 1 day to up to 7 years. If acquitted, Maria Ressa faces 7 other criminal charges.
(UPDATED) The online screening of ‘A Thousand Cuts,’ a documentary on the struggles of the free press under the Duterte administration, was met with praise all over social media
Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, 'A Thousand Cuts' director Ramona Diaz, and FRONTLINE Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath will engage in a conversation on 'Truth, Power and the Importance of Press Freedom' on Saturday, June 13
At least 30 groups and close to a 100 journalists sign a joint statement to 'renew our pledge to serve the people, to continue speaking truth to power, and to guard and defend freedom of the press and of expression from all threats'
‘We are encouraging everyone in the DILG to be responsible in posting their views and comments against the bill in their social media accounts’