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Malaysia probes Al Jazeera documentary about migrant arrests

Jul 07, 2020 - 6:00 PM

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

Youth groups vow to fight implementation of anti-terror law

Jul 04, 2020 - 11:03 AM

'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

YOUTH FIGHT BACK. Student activist from various schools join militant groups for the Grand Mañanita protest rally at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, QC on June 12, 2020 as the contry celebrate its 122nd Independence Day. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Hong Kong satirists say self-censorship already blunting dissent

Jun 24, 2020 - 4:46 PM

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.

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 17, 2020 shows Hong Kong actors Ng Chi-sum (L) and Tsang Chi-ho performing a scene in the long-running political satirical television show "Headliner", which will be suspended by the public broadcaster after it received a government reprimand for insulting the Hong Kong police force. - Hong Kong satirists, cartoonists and journalists say self-censorship has already begun blunting voices and pulling punches as fears crescendo over Beijing's plan to impose a sweeping anti-subversion law on the restless city. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP) / TO GO WITH China-HongKong-politics-censorship,FOCUS by Su Xinqi

[OPINION | Newspoint] An official act of terrorism

Jun 05, 2020 - 12:12 PM

'The ultimate and ironic bad joke is actually on us non-terrorists: the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 is itself an official, legal act of terrorism'

[OPINION] HK today, PH tomorrow: They are coming for us

Jun 03, 2020 - 4:02 PM

'It behooves the Filipino people to stand for Hong Kong and to fight for our own freedom.... We must fight to preserve...the priceless opportunity to live as free men and women in our own land, and not slaves to some foreign power.'

Trump says will place 'Antifa' activist group on terror list

Jun 01, 2020 - 10:20 AM

Antifa – the name is a contraction for anti-fascist – is a secretive grouping of radical activists that has emerged in recent years

INJUSTICE. Military Police face off with protesters across from the White House on May 30, 2020 in Washington DC, during a protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Hong Kong police stamp out national anthem law protests

May 27, 2020 - 10:06 AM

(UPDATED) In a statement police say they 'respect the right of residents to express their views peacefully, but it must be carried out legally'

READY. Riot police stand guard outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, ahead of a debate over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Why Facebook’s Oversight Board is not diverse enough

May 25, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Where is Southeast Asia in the FOB?

National artist BenCab: Freedom of expression 'critical' during pandemic, quarantine

May 14, 2020 - 9:05 PM

The painter throws his support behind Philippine media after ABS-CBN was forced to go off-air

Freedom of expression in Myanmar still 'dire' – U.N.

May 07, 2019 - 9:01 PM

'Of course, they should never have been arrested or convicted in the first place,' United Nations human rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani says of the two Reuters journalists

RELEASED. Reuters journalists Wa Lone (R) and Kyaw Soe Oo celebrate with their children after being freed freed from Insein prison after a presidential amnesty in Yangon on May 7, 2019. Photo by Ann Wang/Pool/AFP

Duterte slams women for 'depriving' him of freedom of expression

Mar 11, 2019 - 9:35 PM

In an event honoring women law enforcers, President Rodrigo Duterte says his crude remarks are meant to bring his female critics 'to the limits of despair'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte waves to the guests during the ceremonial confirmation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite canvass results and oath-taking ceremony of the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority at the Malacañan Palace on February 22, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang to U.N. expert: Don't politicize tax case vs Rappler, Ressa

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:02 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the case against Rappler 'has absolutely nothing to do with the freedom of expression'

POLITICIZING? Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo hits UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye for 'politicizing' the tax evasion charges filed against Rappler Holdings Corporation and its president Maria Ressa. Panelo photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler, Kaye photo by Adem Altam/AFP

U.N. expert urges Philippines to drop charges against Rappler, Ressa

Dec 07, 2018 - 7:23 AM

David Kaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, calls the charges 'a serious threat against independent and investigative journalism in the Philippines, and will have implications beyond its borders'

MARIA RESSA. Screenshot from Rappler video.

New social media campaign rules won't limit freedom of expression, says Comelec

Dec 06, 2018 - 8:44 PM

'It may just cause you to be more forthright with how much you’re spending when creating that content,' says Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez

LIMIT SPENDING. The Comelec says its new guidelines eyed for social media campaigns during elections will be limited to candidates' spending. Graphic by Alyssa Arizabal

CHR: Linking schools to Red October plot endangers students

Oct 04, 2018 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Human Rights says the 'blanket act of red-tagging' of the youth may give the military license to infringe on freedoms and rights but Malacañang thinks otherwise

DISSENT. Protesters, mostly students, called for the ouster of President Rodrigo Duterte as Baguio joined the observance of the declaration of Martial Law Friday, 46 years ago by the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, who was ousted in 1986 through people power. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Egypt president approves law tightening Internet controls

Aug 18, 2018 - 11:54 PM

The new legislation allows authorities, through a judge, to order the blocking of websites that 'constitute a threat' to Egypt's national security or economy

How governments are cracking down on encryption and anonymity

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:06 PM

The UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression reports on how governments have cracked down on two key elements to expression in the digital age from 2015 to 2018

ENCRYPTED MESSAGING. The report praises the end-to-end encryption of some messaging apps, encouraging all messaging app makers to implement the technology as a default and to keep improving them. Image from Open Whisper Systems.

SC justice applicants stumble on freedom of expression question

Jun 14, 2018 - 1:45 PM

(UPDATED) The concept of freedom of expression is usually tackled during the first year of law school

Furious China calls Hong Kong student leader 'enemy of the people'

May 14, 2018 - 8:33 PM

The vilification of the 21-year-old Alice Cheung comes as concern grows there is no longer room for open political debate in Hong Kong under pressure from Beijing

ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE. This undated handout photo taken by Tou Man and provided by Alice Cheung on May 14, 2018, shows Alice Cheung, head of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, posing in Hong Kong. Photo by Tou Man / AFP

Is the DOT’s media restriction in Boracay constitutional?

Apr 16, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Legal experts say there will be a solid case if media groups choose to challenge the restriction in court

IN CALAMITY? Boracay is one of the most popular beach destinations in the Philippines. File photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

[OPINION] The day I became a rebel

Mar 18, 2018 - 2:48 PM

Sometimes, people with small voices have to shout to be heard

Freedom of expression now 'battlefield' in fight for human rights – Amnesty Int'l

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Amnesty International Philippines' Jose Noel Olano says there is a 'diminishing space' in the area of freedom of expression in the Philippines, making the ability to voice out, criticize, check government become more dangerous

FIGHT. Jose Noel Olano, Section Director of Amnesty International Philippines, says freedom of expression now a battlefield in fight for human rights. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Senate hearing tackles blogs vs Bong Go on warships deal

Jan 30, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Centerlaw lawyer Gilbert Andres cautions against tagging 'political opinion' as 'fake news'

FAKE NEWS? Secretary Martin Andanar in a Senate hearing on January 30, 2018 singled out social media posts by blogger Jover Laurio on the controversial frigates deal of the Philippine Navy. Screenshot of Senate livestream of the hearing

'Rappler now, who's next?' – netizens

Jan 15, 2018 - 7:17 PM

For many netizens, the order of the Securities and Exchange Commission to revoke Rappler's registration is a blatant attack against press freedom and freedom of speech

Freedom of expression 'under siege' in PH, say human rights groups

Dec 10, 2017 - 11:15 PM

'The government has the obligation to foster an enabling environment for freedom of expression by taking measures to promote media and digital literacy'

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Fake news and freedom of expression in Southeast Asia

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:05 PM

The struggle against disinformation and fake news in Southeast Asia goes hand-in-hand with the fight to keep democratic spaces online open

[OPINION] Peke at totoo

Oct 23, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Sa mga panahong ito, kahit peke ang balita, basta ito’y nakasisira sa kaaway o nakatutulong sa kinakampihan, kinabibiliban pa natin ang sinungaling

Duterte, Marcos, Pimentel | Evening wRap

Oct 05, 2017 - 8:11 PM

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Danilo Concepcion vows UP students can express ideas 'without fear'

Sep 23, 2017 - 8:30 AM

'Let reason guide us, but not reason alone; let it be reason tempered with respect, responsibility, and collegiality,' says UP president Danilo Concepcion

THE VOW. Danilo Concepcion takes his oath as UP's 21st president during his investiture on September 20. Photo from UP

Should governments regulate freedom of expression?

Sep 02, 2017 - 10:44 PM

Political experts agree that fake news and social media threaten democracy in Southeast Asia

FEU students can now cross-dress on campus

Jan 14, 2017 - 10:52 AM

FEU students are now free to express themselves through their choice of clothes as long as they wear their uniforms

Why the treason arrests in Indonesia are worrisome

Dec 05, 2016 - 5:25 PM

The arrests were according to analysts a sign of the shrinking civic space not just in the country but the region as well

Somalia pressed over media freedom, journalist death toll

Sep 04, 2016 - 8:40 PM

A United Nations report says a total of 30 journalists were killed in Somalia between August 2012 and June 2016

United Nations soldiers secure a partially-crumbled perimeter wall following twin car bombings outside the UN's office in Mogadishu on July 26, 2016.  At least 13 people were killed on July 26 in twin bombings near UN and African Union buildings adjoining Mogadishu's airport, police said, in what the jihadist Shabaab group claimed as a suicide attack. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB

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Jun 03, 2016 - 12:38 PM

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India uses outdated laws to silence dissent – watchdog

May 24, 2016 - 3:45 PM

India s abusive laws are the hallmark of a repressive society not a vibrant democracy says Human Rights Watch

epa05168360 An Indian activist wearing the mask of Indian revolutionary Bhagat Singh along with other Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students and their supporters participate in a protest march in New Delhi, India, 18 February 2016. The protesters were demanding the immediate release of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students. Kanhaiya Kumar, the students' union president of Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was held on sedition charges. A former Delhi University professor was also arrested on 16 February for sedition. The arrests sparked counter protests between students and activists from the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party's student wing and right-wing organizations. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Vietnam jails prominent blogger for 5 years

Mar 23, 2016 - 5:25 PM

UPDATED Watchdogs say the prison term for Nguyen Huu Vinh popularly known as Anh Ba Sam is unjust

epa05226769 Nguyen Huu Vinh, known as blogger Anh Ba Sam, stands during his trial in Hanoi, Vietnam 23 March 2016. Vinh, 59, a former police officer, was accused of 'abusing democratic freedoms to infringe the state interests', according to media report. EPA/STR

Turkey police fire plastic bullets at opposition paper rally

Mar 05, 2016 - 8:38 AM

4th UPDATE The Turkish press has experienced one of the darkest days in its history says the Zaman newspaper

RAID. A handout picture released by the Zaman Daily News shows Turkish riot police raid Zaman newspaper building to take over the control, in Istanbul, Turkey, March 4, 2016. Handout photo by Talha Sertturk/Zaman Daily News/EPA

Top Europe rights body sends team to Crimea

Jan 25, 2016 - 7:30 PM

The Council of Europe mission aims to ensure that the people of Crimea are not forgotten

Hong Kong protesters call for release of missing booksellers

Jan 10, 2016 - 6:33 PM

The booksellers are from Hong Kong s Mighty Current publishing house known for books critical of Beijing

BOOKSELLERS. Bookshops are removing political works from their shelves, while publishers and store owners selling titles banned in mainland China say they now feel under threat. Photo by Philippie Lopez/AFP

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

Snowden attacks Russia rights curbs as 'fundamentally wrong'

Sep 05, 2015 - 10:45 PM

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden calls Moscow s restrictions on the web a mistake in policy and fundamentally wrong as he accepted a Norwegian freedom of expression prize by videophone from Russia

File photo by AFP/Wikileaks

Journalists acquitted in Thai navy defamation trial

Sep 01, 2015 - 1:19 PM

The verdict comes after the region s grim people smuggling trade was dramatically laid bare this year

ACQUITTED. Australian journalist Alan Morison (R) and Thai colleague Chutima Sidasathian (L) smile while answering questions from the media after they were found not guilty of criminal defamation at the provincial court in Phuket island on September 1, 2015. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Poe camp: Nothing wrong in supporting INC's freedom of expression

Aug 31, 2015 - 3:42 PM

Senator Grace Poe s chief of staff responds to the statement of lawyer Trixie Cruz Angeles who says her statements amount to a violation of the anti graft law

INC'S RIGHTS. Senator Grace Poe says she recognizes the rights of Iglesia ni Cristo to freedom of expression

Empty chair for Snowden prize ceremony

Aug 28, 2015 - 10:27 PM

Norwegian authorities could not guarantee that he could come without the risk of being extradited to the United States an official from the Newth Nouri of the Norwegian Academy of Literature and Freedom of Expression says

File photo of Edward Snowden

#Proudnotproud: Exposing our collective hypocrisy

Jul 06, 2015 - 6:00 PM

The author explores the double standards hypocrisy and racism of Filipinos

'Rap-orters': telling the news in Uganda hip-hop style

Jun 09, 2015 - 1:09 PM

They used to say [news is] boring but when they see NewzBeat they re like what s the time?

CREATIVE MIND. A picture taken on April 17, 2015 shows Newzbeat's writer and producer Daniel Kisekka aka 'Survivor' working on his laptop at the company's office in Kampala. Isaac Kasamani/AFP

Erdogan lashes out at foreign media ahead of Turkey polls

Jun 06, 2015 - 8:35 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticizes foreign media amid growing concerns over an erosion of freedom of expression in Turkey under his rule

File photo by Rasit Aydogan/EPA

Snowden awarded freedom of expression prize in Norway

Jun 03, 2015 - 12:30 AM

Former security contractor Edward Snowden wins a Norwegian prize for freedom of expression and receives yet another invitation to receive the award in person

KEEP OUT. Members and supporters of 'Stop Watching Us' protest against the NSA in Washington DC in 2013. The NSA has been at the center of controversy since fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden began releasing information about its surveillance capabilities and practices. Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA

Let journalism thrive

May 05, 2015 - 5:11 PM

We are in a crisis of implementation promotion and protection