[Philippines] NUJP on AFP’s barring of journalists from covering mass evacuation of Lumad in Surigao

Martial law does not justify the arbitrary restriction on coverage of the Lumad evacuation, unless, of course, we have ceased to be a democracy. What happened was a clearly unconstitutional violation of press freedom and, more importantly, of the people’s right to know.

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[Malaysia] Statement: CIJ dismayed at continuing violations against freedom of expression

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.

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[Philippines] NUJP on Inquirer.net’s take down of Pepsi Paloma articles

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.

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[Philippines] Media workers killed in two separate shootings

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.

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[Philippines] On the proposed amendments to the Anti-Terror Law

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.

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[Philippines] Statement: NUJP on SP Sotto’s ‘request’ for Inquirer.net to takedown stories on Pepsi Paloma

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.

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