Conviction of Lena Hendry a Serious Violation of Freedom of Expression

Freedom of expression is a critical right and freedom in a functioning and healthy democracy, as guaranteed by the Federal Constitution. CIJ calls for the end of intimidation to the work of civil society in advancing and promoting fundamental human rights in this country through the use of disproportionate and punitive legislative apparatus.

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Local newspaper publisher murdered following column on drug trade

The publisher of a local newspaper (Larry Que) in Catanduanes died early Tuesday (20 December 2016) after he was shot in Virac the day before by a motorcycle-riding gunman right after the publication carried a column he wrote criticizing the perceived negligence that allowed a recently discovered shabu (methamphetamine) lab to be set up in the province.

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