[Philippines] Pakistani media group appeals to President Duterte over killing of radio broadcaster

The Pakistan Press Foundation, an independent media organization that seeks to promote and defend freedom of expression, expressed “deep concern” on the killing of Philippine radio announcer Gabriel Alburo in a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte, dated 31 December 2018.

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[Philippines] Duterte, allies reap the most benefits from disinformation

An analysis of fake news reports identified and documented by VERA Files Fact Check, a fact-checking project run by the online non-profit media organization VERA Files, shows that for a good portion of 2018, deceptive content after deceptive content emerge in very similar ways across social media. They are almost always explicitly political, almost always attack critics of the Duterte administration or promote or support the President or his policies, VERA Files Fact Check’s analysis of fake news reports shows.

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[Philippines] NUJP on the 70th anniversary of the International Human Rights Day

As we mark another year of violated human rights and repressed freedoms, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) reaffirms our commitment to the defense and promotion of freedom of the press and of expression in the country. We call on all independent Filipino journalists to strengthen our bonds and solidify our ranks, and resist all efforts to silence or otherwise prevent us from fulfilling our task of serving the people’s sacred right to know.

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Photo by: Penzer Baterna, Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility (CMFR)

[Philippines] THE STATE OF MEDIA: Relentless Attacks and Threats Online, On Ground, Across the Nation

Today, the ninth anniversary of the Ampatauan Massacre of 23 November 2009, we call on Filipinos to support press freedom and to come to the defense of those in media who struggle working within the narrowing space and time, to counter false narratives and disinformation, and to check the abuse of power.

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Photo by: Vino Lucero, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ)

[Philippines] Case Files: The 12 Journalists Killed Under the Duterte Administration

Apolinario Suan Jr. Larry Que. Mario Contaoi. Marlon Muyco. Joaquin Briones. Rudy Alicaway. Leodoro Diaz. Christopher Lozada. Edmund Sestoso. Carlos Matas. Dennis Denora. Joey Llana.

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[Philippines] SEAPA denounces gov’t indictment of Rappler on tax evasion charges

Southeast Asian governments’ unrelenting efforts to stifle media scrutiny have set off alarm bells among concerned sectors not only in the region but across the globe. That the Philippines’s otherwise independent press is now under severe threat while its counterparts in the more repressive parts of Southeast Asia are suffering under the weight of varying degrees of suppression and retaliation by the states shows that press freedom in the region has fallen to great depths.

SEAPA calls on the Philippine government to desist from attacking the media for doing its job and undermining press freedom, a hallmark of any democracy.

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[Philippines] NUJP on law enforcers’ visits to media outfits

To be fair, there is nothing wrong about wanting good press. However, it is one thing to cover the PNP’s accomplishments, and the media have never been remiss about giving credit where it is due. It is a totally different matter, though, to seek to recruit the media in a campaign meant to spruce up the service’s image.

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