[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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[Singapore] The Online Citizen’s editor released after eight hours of police custody, interrogation

For allegedly besmirching the reputation of some of Singapore’s highest officials, the editor of a major independent online platform in the city-state has become the subject of a police probe. Terry Xu, chief editor of The Online Citizen (TOC) is the respondent to a criminal defamation case that is being investigated by police.

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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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[Philippines] Broadcaster’s house shot at in Negros Occidental

Local radio broadcaster Rey Siason of Muews Radio was not home when the shooting happened past 10:45 p.m.  But Siason’s daughter, mother-in-law, two sisters-in law, his nephew and niece were in the house when the incident occurred. No one was reported hurt. Siason said he believes he was the target of the attack.

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