NUJP national chairperson Nonoy Espina and Negros Press Club president Boy Duran react on the “drug list” implicating local journalists in Bacolod City.

[Philippines] Negros media up in arms over ‘drug list’

The media community in the central Philippine province of Negros Occidental was up in arms following the circulation since late last week of at least three lists of purported “drug protectors” that included at least 15 of their colleagues.

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Photo from the Facebook of Sirote Klampaiboon, Voice TV news host

[Thailand] Voice TV shutdown yet another assault on press freedom —SEAPA

Such perceived risk is unwarranted and could only be construed as yet another unmistakable curtailment of press freedom by the ruling junta. At a time when Thailand is on the cusp of a new election that has been put off countless times, much to the frustration of a nation that has grown weary of military rule, the NBTC’s order could not have sent off a stronger signal. That is, the state will not countenance media outfits, who, in asserting their fundamental right to inform and engage the public in meaningful discussions of important issues, dare cross the former’s path. 

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Weekly Media Roundup (2 – 8 February 2019)

Some of the press freedom- and free expression-related events and issues you might have missed last week

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[Philippines] Cyber attack downs NUJP site twice

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) website was briefly inaccessible twice on 8 February 2019 in a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, the group said in a statement.

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Photo from Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI, Alliance of Independent Journalists)

[Indonesia] President Jokowi revokes commutation of death sentence for convicted journalist killer (UPDATED)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has revoked his grant of remission to convicted mastermind in the killing of Radar Bali journalist Anak Agung Bagus Narendra Prabangsa, Jakarta Post reported on 9 February 2019. 

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[Vietnam] Radio Free Asia blogger goes missing after seeking refugee status in Thailand

Vietnamese blogger Truong Duy Nhat has been missing since 26 January 2019, and no one knows his whereabouts. Just three days ago, on 5 February 2019, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that they have lost contact with Nhat and are “extremely concerned” about his safety and well-being.  

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[Myanmar] Facebook ramps up ban on hate mongers’ accounts

Social media giant Facebook has banned four more groups, which it described as “dangerous organizations” based on their verified use of the platform to incite violence and attacks on civilians in Myanmar. 

The Arakan Army, Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, Kachin Independence Army, and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) were taken down Tuesday, 5 February 2019, and prevented from using Facebook’s services to “fuel tension on the ground.” 

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Sorn Sithy (Photo from Facebook)

[Cambodia] Journalist beaten to death in Kratie province

A motorcycle-riding journalist was stoned and beaten to death by a group of unidentified male attackers on Monday midnight, 4 February 2019. 

Suos Chamroeun, provincial deputy police chief in charge of criminal cases, said in an interview Monday that Kratie provincial and Snuol district police were investigating the murder of 18-year-old Sorn Sithy, who worked for BTBP TV Online, in Pi Thnou commune.

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[Philippines] Cyber attacks continue against alternative news website

Alternative media organization Bulatlat.com reported receiving continuous denial-of-service (DoS) attacks from 19 to 29 January 2019, which brought the website down for several days.

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Weekly Media Roundup (19 – 25 January 2019)

Some of the press freedom- and free expression-related events and issues you might have missed last week

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[Indonesia] AJI Denounces President Jokowi’s Grant of Remission to Journalist’s Murderer

Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s decision to reduce I Nyoman Susrama’s sentence has obstructed justice and hurt not only the victim’s family but also the country’s press community.

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[Indonesia] Lighter sentence for convicted killer a ‘step back’ for press freedom

The Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (Alliance of Independent Journalists, AJI) chapter in Denpasar (capital city of the Indonesian province of Bali) has denounced the president’s decision. AJI Denpasar chairperson Nandhang R. Astika described it as a “step back” in press freedom.

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[Philippines] NUJP: PNA fake news proves gov’t hand in red-tagging

That the state news agency, which is under the supervision of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, saw fit to run this utterly malicious and false story clearly proves that this is, indeed, an orchestrated campaign to vilify and silence not just the NUJP but the independent and critical press, involving no less than the Government of the Republic of the Philippines.

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[Philippines] Tabloids link NUJP to CPP-NPA-NDF

Three Manila-based tabloids published similar banner stories on 7 January 2019 linking the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines to the Communist Party of the Philippines, the New People’s Army, and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

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