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9 in 10 Filipinos value independent journalism – Reuters Institute survey

Jul 12, 2020 - 9:02 PM

63% believe it is the duty of journalists to call out lying and misleading politicians

Russian journalist avoids jail but given huge fine in 'terror' case

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:32 AM

'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'

A protester holds a placard reading "Putin lies" during an opposition rally in central Moscow, on March 10, 2019, to demand internet freedom in Russia. - Thousands of people rallied against Russia's increasingly restrictive internet policies which some say will eventually lead to "total censorship" and isolate the country from the world. The mass rally in Moscow and smaller events in other cities across the country was called after the Russian lower house of parliament backed a bill to stop Russian internet traffic from being routed on foreign servers, in a bit to boost cybersecurity. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP)

Only 1 in 5 Filipinos would miss local newspapers ‘a lot’ if these go bust

Jul 04, 2020 - 10:02 PM

Media advocates say collaboration and staying relevant can help community newspapers survive

Philanthropists save Australia's AAP newswire from closure

Jun 30, 2020 - 10:30 AM

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'

Study shows news media still reliable source amid COVID-19 'infodemic'

Jun 25, 2020 - 10:41 PM

All sources of information – from media to politicians to social media platforms – should work together to better inform the public about the coronavirus, says the lead author of a Reuters Institute study done in 6 countries

LESSONS FROM 'INFODEMIC.' Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism director Rasmus Kleis Nielsen speaks about the lessons from the coronavirus 'infodemic' at the Global Fact 7 on June 24, 2020. Screenshot from Global Fact 7 video

U.S. tightens rules on 4 more Chinese state 'propaganda' outlets

Jun 23, 2020 - 10:44 AM

The State Department says it is reclassifying 4 outlets – China Central Television, the China News Service, the People's Daily, and the Global Times – as foreign missions rather than media outlets

Trump appointee shakes up U.S. broadcasting, raising fears

Jun 19, 2020 - 11:09 AM

'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

TRUMP. In this file photo taken on March 6, 2020 US President Donald Trump speaks after touring tornado damage in Cookeville, Tennessee. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Outrage after Bolivian TV broadcasts COVID-19 death

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:41 AM

'We lost a lot of things with this virus, including empathy,' says journalist Maria Trigo

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Interest in news high, but trust low in the Philippines – 2020 Digital News Report

Jun 16, 2020 - 1:23 PM

Filipinos' low trust in news could be due to the attacks that the media faced over the last year

Top Russia newspaper editors quit, denouncing censorship

Jun 16, 2020 - 10:42 AM

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

A photo taken on June 10, 2019 in Moscow, shows the front pages of Kommersant, Vedomosti and RBK dailies newspapers reading "I am (we are) Ivan Golunov". - Russia's three most respected dailies on June 10 published the same front page in an unprecedented act of solidarity over the arrest of an investigative reporter on drug charges. Golunov, a 36-year-old investigative reporter with Meduza, an independent Russian-language media outlet, was detained last week over allegations that he manufactured and dealt drugs. (Photo by Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP)

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

[PODCAST] Making Space: Braving the anti-terror bill as student-journalists

Jun 09, 2020 - 7:17 PM

With the youth and students at the forefront of speaking truth to power, how are they dealing with the threat of the pending anti-terror bill?

NYT editor resigns after backlash over senator's hardline op-ed

Jun 08, 2020 - 8:08 AM

Some 800 Times staffers sign a petition in protest of the publication of 'Send in The Military' by Republican US Senator Tom Cotton

THE TIMES. New York City Police officers stand outside the office of the The New York Times, October 25, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Quarantine curbs access to information

Jun 05, 2020 - 8:29 PM

The Philippines is among many governments in the world that had to suspend the processing of freedom of information or FOI requests because of the pandemic

[OPINION] As the world collapses, the 4th estate is under threat

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:23 PM

'We need to know what the slums look like, what a broken education system looks like, what hunger looks like – because they all have a face'

Anxiety rises over attacks on media covering U.S. protests

Jun 03, 2020 - 10:36 AM

A tally by media watchdog groups cites 192 press freedom violations during the latest wave of protests including 131 assaults, of which 108 were by police

PROTEST. Manhattan, NY protest George Floyd's death on May 31, 2020. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Journalists covering U.S. protests find themselves under attack

Jun 01, 2020 - 9:53 AM

A black CNN journalist is arrested by police in Minneapolis – even as he reports live on camera following the death of George Floyd

POLICE. Police officers block a road on the fourth day of protests on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Facebook denies sidelining research on site's 'divisiveness'

May 28, 2020 - 11:03 AM

Facebook defends itself against a report that says the company sidelined research that showed that its algorithms, if left unchecked, would feed users more and more divisive content to gain user attention

FACEBOOK. In this photo illustration a Facebook App logo is displayed on a smartphone on March 25, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP


Newsbreak Chats: Doing journalism under lockdown

May 27, 2020 - 8:15 PM

On Thursday, May 28, the team discusses how journalists navigate a restrictive quarantine and deal with the challenges it poses

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

Virus 'eminently capable' of spreading through speech – study

May 14, 2020 - 1:16 PM

Scientists estimate that each minute of loudly speaking can generate more than 1,000 virus-containing droplets capable of remaining airborne for 8 minutes or more in a closed space

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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.

New York Times leads the way at 2020 Pulitzers

May 05, 2020 - 8:02 AM

The Times collects 3 awards, including for Brian M. Rosenthal's investigative report into New York City's taxi industry that revealed predatory loans that took advantage of vulnerable drivers

THE TIMES. People walk past the New York Times building on July 27, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

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

Introducing Lighthouse: Rappler's new platform

May 02, 2020 - 2:30 PM

We reimagined Rappler from scratch, considering its pillars: data and technology, journalism, and community

Google launches 'journalism relief fund,' following Facebook

Apr 16, 2020 - 12:47 PM

Google says its would give 'low thousands of dollars' for the smallest operations to 'low tens of thousands for larger newsrooms'


4 acquitted in Daniel Pearl murder rearrested pending appeal

Apr 04, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Pearl was the South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal when he was abducted in Karachi in January 2002 while researching a story about Islamist militants

Khawja Naveed (R), defence lawyer of Omar Sheikh, who was convicted to death sentence over the killing of US journalist Daniel Pearl, speaks to media representatives after a court verdict in Karachi on April 2, 2020. A Pakistani court on April 2 overturned the death sentence for British-born militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who had been convicted over the 2002 killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl. Asif HASSAN / AFP

How is this pandemic changing you?

Apr 02, 2020 - 10:06 AM

Let’s look at some of the challenges that this pandemic is forcing us to face and which are changing our world in incremental ways

60 Australian newspapers to stop printing

Apr 01, 2020 - 11:05 AM

'The coronavirus crisis has created unprecedented economic pressures and we are doing everything we can to preserve as many jobs as possible,' says News Corp Australasia Executive Chairman Michael Miller

SHUT DOWN. Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp and co-chairman of 21st Century Fox, arrives at the Sun Valley Resort of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference July 10, 2018 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Taiwan says U.S. media expelled from China are welcome

Mar 28, 2020 - 6:32 PM

'I'd like to welcome you to be stationed in Taiwan – a country that is a beacon of freedom and democracy,' Taipei's foreign minister tells journalists expelled from China

EXPELLED. In this file photo New York Times Beijing bureau chief Steven Lee Myers (center) speaks with other journalists after the daily Foreign Ministry briefing in Beijing on March 18, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Fighting coronavirus requires efforts to help the poor – PCIJ report

Mar 27, 2020 - 7:48 AM

The COVID-19 battleground is not just about hospitals, but also about the poorest communities that lack the means to feed and protect themselves. Protecting these communities means protecting everyone else

FOOD SUPPLY. Residents of Quezon City line up for farm to market products at the DAR office in Elliptical Road. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

China expels U.S. journalists in biggest crackdown in years

Mar 18, 2020 - 8:51 AM

American journalists at The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal are told to hand back their credentials within 10 days

BANNED. The New York Times building at 620 Eighth Avenue in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

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

[OPINION] Pens and placards: On campus journalists as student activists

Mar 13, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'To be an activist does not require one to be physically present in rallies and street protests. It can be done through the formidable power of the written word.'

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

China threatens retaliation over U.S. 'bullying' of state media

Mar 03, 2020 - 7:06 PM

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China 'strongly opposes and condemns' the US decision to require Beijing's state-run media to cut the number of Chinese nationals employed in the US

EXPELLED. In this file photo taken on February 23, 2020 Wall Street Journal reporters Josh Chin (right) and Philip Wen walk through Beijing Capital Airport before their departure. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

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