[Thailand] Gov’t ban on planned forum on scathing UN report on Myanmar an overreaction — FCCT

The professional membership of the FCCT believe the Thai authorities have overreacted. This incident has caused unnecessary further harm to the country’s already dented reputation for media freedom — Thailand was once one of the freest countries in Southeast Asia with a vibrant press. For the record, this is the sixth programme cancelled at the FCCT since a coup was staged in 2014 and the country became subject to military rule.

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[Myanmar] SEAPA statement on the conviction and 7-year sentence of Reuters journalists

The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) denounces in the strongest possible terms the conviction handed down today by a Myanmar court to Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, sentencing them to a seven-year jail term. The baseless conviction of the two brave journalists, using trumped-up evidence provided by police authorities, dealt a fatal blow to press freedom and democracy in Myanmar.

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[Philippines] NUJP condemns AFP unit’s red-tagging of director, reporter

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines demands that the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the AFP Reserve Command immediately investigate and sanction the officers and personnel of the 101st Technical and Administrative Services Group for maliciously and recklessly maligning and endangering our deputy secretary general Raymund Villanueva of Kodao Productions and other colleagues.

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[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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[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] 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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[Philippines] Volunteer reporter slain in Zamboanga del Sur shooting

Carlos Matas, the victim, hosted Zambo News Patrol in dxCA Bell FM and dxBZ Radyo Bagting. The police also described him as a “provincial coordinator for Cassava Farmers Association in Zamboanga del Sur.” Police Officer 2 Welito Nuena told CMFR that Matas was meeting a colleague in relation to his work as coordinator when he was killed.

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