The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is dismayed that violations against freedom of expression are still occurring, despite the newly elected government’s stated commitment to bring legislation and practice in line with international human rights standards. Lawyer and activist Fadiah Nakwa Fikri has been summoned for questioning by police under section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act and the broadly worded Sedition Act following the publication of an article interrogating the relationship between political leaders and the monarchies in Malaysia.Read more
At a time when freedom of the press and of expression has come under the worst attacks since the Marcos regime, this humiliating self-censorship betrays not only the spirit in which the Inquirer was founded, it betrays a profession whose practitioners have fended and continue to fight off all attempts to muzzle it even if it has cost our ranks 184 lives since 1986. This is a day of mourning, yes.Read more
Julius Barellano of Radyo Bandera Sweet-FM Bacolod was leaving his house in Brgy. Rizal at around 8:30 a.m. when he was shot at close range by one of two assailants on a motorcycle. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was declared dead on arrival at the San Carlos City District Hospital.Read more
Two media workers were killed on 23 June 2018 in two cities in separate incidents. Jessie Cano, a resident of Brgy. Cadayonan in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, was gunned down at around 7 pm by unknown assailants. Meanwhile, Manuel Lacsamana, a resident of Brgy. Bitas in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija was shot at close range by still unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle along Mabini Street shortly before midnight.Read more
Many provisions of House Bills 7141 and 5507 are bullets aimed to kill people’s civil, political and human rights.
And so, while the NUJP was encouraged by the Honorable Chairperson Rufino Biazon’s opening statement last June 18 that people’s rights must be guaranteed, we, however, declare our opposition to the bills.
Inquirer.net is being pressured into removing from the site two articles written and submitted by its US-based columnist Rodel Rodis four years ago. As of press time, however, none of his columns had been taken down.Read more
AJI deplores the application of a criminal case against Muhammad YusufRead more
We (National Union of Journalists of the Philippines) acknowledge that Inquirer.net has yet to decide on the matter. But this early on, we urge that it do right by asserting its independence and upholding freedom of the press and of expression, which are increasingly under siege today.Read more
Dennis Denora, publisher of weekly local newspaper Trends and Time, is the first Davao-based journalist, and the tenth to be killed under the Duterte administration.Read more
This latest media killing belies Malacañang’s claim that the Philippines has improved its position among the deadliest countries in the world to be a journalist.Read more
The data and information reflect the country analyses and the observations of other press freedom indices. Year 2017 showed that media and journalists in the region were vulnerable and at risk for simply doing their jobs. The practice of the profession was put under pressure through court demands and proceedings, as well as content restrictions. With the first quarter of this year done, the press freedom situation has looked more dire as violations keep piling up.Read more
Carlos Matas, the victim, hosted Zambo News Patrol in dxCA Bell FM and dxBZ Radyo Bagting. The police also described him as a “provincial coordinator for Cassava Farmers Association in Zamboanga del Sur.” Police Officer 2 Welito Nuena told CMFR that Matas was meeting a colleague in relation to his work as coordinator when he was killed.Read more
Limits on the freedom of expression in law must be clear and narrowly defined, and serve a well-defined public interest function.Read more